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November 30th, 2014
04:15 PM ET

What members of the media faced in Ferguson: tear gas, rocks and hostile crowds

Correspondents who covered Monday night's riots in Ferguson, Missouri recount what they experienced and whether they were, at times, too close to the violence.

Some of the highlights:

>> CNN correspondent Jason Carroll: "It was definitely dangerous. Was it too dangerous to broadcast live? I would say no. I think whenever you come to a point where you're covering a story as important as this one, one that could have historical significance, you have to be there."

>> CNN's Sara Sidner on reporting from Ferguson vs. reporting from foreign war zones: "In Libya, we weren't the targets. When I was with the rebels, the rebels actually wanted us there with them to show what was going on... But we were targets in Ferguson in some ways."

>> Sidner on peaceful protesters who were drowned out by looters and arsonists: "The message that they were trying to put out to the world got completely corrupted by violence that they did not want to see."


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November 30th, 2014
04:05 PM ET

Ferguson: the good, the bad, the ratings

A critical look at media coverage of the protests and spasms of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, with Frank Sesno, the director of the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, and Frank Absher, founder of the St. Louis Media History Foundation.


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November 30th, 2014
04:01 PM ET

Do white people just not 'get' Ferguson?

Elon James White, who founded the Web series "This Week in Blackness," and Crystal Wright, who created the blog Conservative Black Chick, discuss dueling narratives about race and crime in the aftermath of the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

This was host Brian Stelter's introduction to the segment:

"A national conversation on race." How many times have you heard that phrase?

Can I be really honest here? The truth is we're not having "a" national conversation on race. We're having two very different conversations, and there's barely any overlap.

Tell me if you agree with me about this: there is a conversation, mainly among whites, that mostly tiptoes around race, and sometimes denies race as a factor.

Then there's a totally separate conversation, mainly among people of color, that argues many white people just don't get it - just don't, or can't or won't understand the pervasive, corrosive, devastating effects of racial bias. FULL POST


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November 30th, 2014
03:30 PM ET

Jemele Hill, the first reporter to interview Janay Rice, describes how it happened

ESPN's Jemele Hill, the first person to interview Ray Rice's wife Janay about the incident of domestic violence that became national news earlier this year, speaks with Brian Stelter about how the interview came to be.

Hill said she had to "interview for the interview," because Janay Rice and her family members had "an array of choices" about who to talk to, and "they wanted to figure out who they probably felt the most comfortable with."

"I think they felt as if I were fair. That doesn't mean favorable, but they felt as if I were fair," Hill said. "And I think that was a big reason why they decided to trust me with their story." Read more about the interview at CNNMoney...


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November 30th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Reporter who saw Cosby's scandal coming

Eight years ago, Philadelphia Magazine writer Bob Huber detailed sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. So why were the accusations mostly ignored back then? Huber speaks with Brian Stelter about his reporting process, including a strange dinner with Cosby where the comedian wouldn't answer any questions.


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November 23rd, 2014
03:51 PM ET

Media waits for word in Ferguson

As Ferguson, Missouri awaits a grand jury decision in the death of Michael Brown, Brian Stelter speaks with CNN's Sarah Sidner and media lawyer Benjamin Lipman. Here are some of the key points from the segment:

>> Sidner: "There are 12 people that know exactly where they are and how long they think this might take. None of them are supposed to be talking."

>> Sidner: "I think we need to be careful with this idea of hyping. This community is already on pins and needles. FULL POST


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November 23rd, 2014
03:19 PM ET

Who will be the first to interview Darren Wilson? Several TV anchors have secretly met with him

Brian Stelter speaks with Inside Edition's Jim Moret about off-the-record meetings between Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and a number of TV anchors.

Related: Stelter's CNNMoney story about the meetings...


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November 23rd, 2014
03:15 PM ET

A new GOP-led investigation debunks Benghazi myths, and Fox News barely mentions it

Jeff Greenfield and Noah Rothman discuss the relative dearth of media coverage about a new House Intelligence Committee report that dismissed conspiratorial myths about the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.


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November 23rd, 2014
03:12 PM ET

Cosby pressures reporter who asked about sexual assault allegations

Associated Press reporter Brett Zongker tells Brian Stelter about the moment Bill Cosby asked him to "scuttle" a videotaped question about the rape allegations Cosby is facing.

The A.P. published the video of the November 6 interview on November 19.

"He said that if I was a serious journalist, we wouldn't use any of this footage," Zongker said.

"That was my favorite part, and by favorite, I mean most horrifying," Stelter replied. "That's the opposite of a serious journalist!"

"It surprised me quite a bit that he questioned my integrity for even asking the question," Zongker said.

"I have been an admirer of Bill Cosby growing up, watching him on television," he added. "I didn't want to ask these questions, but I had to ask these questions because I'm a journalist and I was doing my job."


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November 23rd, 2014
03:10 PM ET

Tech reporter with a target on her back?

Brian Stelter speaks with PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy, who was reportedly targeted by the fast-growing startup Uber for her critical coverage.


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