The latest news from Ferguson, Missouri; interviews with reporters who were arrested and tear-gassed while covering protests; what's the future of "Meet the Press?"
CNNMoney technology correspondent Laurie Segall, BuzzFeed deputy editor-in-chief Shani Hilton and Quinnipiac University journalism department chair Kevin Convey discuss how social networking sites and news outlets should handle the gory video of American journalist Jim Foley's murder.
A few of the highlights:
· Segall: "This is the first time Twitter's really taken a stance" against a specific piece of graphic propaganda.
· Convey: "I think it depends entirely in your audience... Obviously, The New York Post thought that its audience would tolerate what it put on page one. And it's no surprise, for example, that The New York Times, knowing its audience, did not."
· Hilton: BuzzFeed initially decided to link to the beheading video on YouTube, but then the video was taken down. "We don't want to sanitize the Internet," she said. "It's there on the Internet, our audience is on the Internet, so to pretend like there's some artificial wall between our audience and the raw content, it seems a little silly to me."
In a conversation with Brian Stelter, Ryan Devereaux and David Klinger share differing points of view on the tension between journalists and the authorities there.
Devereaux is a reporter for The Intercept who was arrested while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri earlier in the week, and Klinger is a former police officer and an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Among the questions they consider: did journalists get in the way and make a bad situation worse during the unrest in Ferguson, or were they doing their jobs responsibly?
In his first interview, Edward Crawford tells Brian Stelter the story behind the now-iconic picture of him clutching a bag of chips in one hand and a tear gas canister in the other amid a raucous protest in Ferguson, Missouri.
The photo - taken by St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen - has been printed onto T-shirts, repurposed by artists, even plastered onto cell phone cases. On Twitter, it's been favorably compared to pictures from revolutions overseas - but also falsely cited as proof of violence committed by protesters.
"Before the photo was taken, the canister... was shot and it landed a couple of feet away from me and some children standing on the sidewalk," Crawford said.
He said he was "not throwing the canister at the police; I was merely getting the canister away from me and the kids."
Toward the end of the interview Stelter asked:
STELTER: Are you ready for the press to pack up and leave - or are you happy they're there, to shine a light on this issue?
CRAWFORD: I am happy the media is in my town, because this attention that we're getting, I just hope we turn it into something positive. With the attention, I hope our voices are heard and I hope our pain is felt by America. So, I don't want the cameras to leave. I hope they stay here as long as they can and just capture positive moments, positive protests.
Jim Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded in a video published by the Islamic extremist group ISIS on Tuesday, was working for the web site GlobalPost when he was abducted in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
On Sunday's "Reliable Sources," Brian Stelter spoke with GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni and Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt about the dangers that journalists face in war zones around the world.
Balboni said it is not safe for other journalists to attempt to travel to Syria now. FULL POST
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In the above video, Dan Rather, the former anchor of the "CBS Evening News," discusses the dangers that reporters face while working in war zones.
In a conversation with Brian Stelter, Rather also voiced concern about the American media's coverage of conflicts overseas:
RATHER: Look, the war drums have been beating along the Potomac for some little while, accentuated in recent weeks and now in recent days. As a citizen - let me take my journalist hat off for a moment. But, as a citizen, this worries me a great deal...
All of these people on television - some of whom I have enormous respect for - it unsettles me to hear them say, listen, we, the United States, we have to - quote - "do something" in Ukraine, we have to do something in Syria, we have to do something in the waters around China, we have to do something about what is happening in Yemen, we have to do something in Iraq, we have to do something about ISIS, what they are talking about are combat operations.
My first question to anyone who is on television saying, "We have to get tough, we need to put boots on the ground and we need to go to war in one of these places" is, I will hear you out if you tell me you are prepared to send your son, your daughter, your grandson, your granddaughter to that war of which you are beating the drums. If you aren't, I have no patience with you, and don't even talk to me.
STELTER: It worries me, too, Dan, to be completely honest.
It worries me that I hear so many more voices on television that are advocating for action - than I do hear voices of people who are trying to push on the brakes, push on the brakes. And it is somewhat reminiscent of 2002 and 2003 in the run-up to what was a, of course, much, much bigger U.S. military action in Iraq than anything that is being contemplated now.
RATHER: Well, there are echoes of what we went through. And those of us in journalism - and I can include myself in this - we have a lot to answer for about what we didn't do and what we did do in the run-up to the war in Iraq, which I think history will judge to be a strategic disaster of historic proportions.
We journalists, including this one, we didn't ask the right questions. We didn't ask enough questions. We didn't ask the follow-up questions. We did not challenge power. And I am concerned that, once again, as the war drums begin to beat and get louder and louder, that there will be a herd mentality of saying, well, we have to go to war in Syria, we have to go to war in Ukraine.
I don't think it is an overstatement to say that we need to be thinking very, very carefully and seriously about this and journalists have the special responsibility to at least ask the right questions.
In the above video, Ryan Reilly, a reporter for The Huffington Post, tells Brian Stelter about his experience being arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
In the interview, Reilly reiterated that he doesn't want to be the news, he wants to cover the news. But he said the publicity about his arrest has had one positive outcome:
"Often, when I am interviewing people, they recognize me for what happened and they say, 'Oh, you're that reporter.' So it's added a different interaction with people I'm reporting on that I had in the past. And perhaps, probably, it's opened people up to speaking to me, who maybe wouldn't have been comfortable speaking with me in the past."
Reilly expressed disappointment with "armchair critics" who have questioned whether he and Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post somehow provoked their arrest. "Any good journalist who was in that situation, the exact same thing would have happened to them. I'm 100 percent sure of that," Reilly said.
He also said that despite his repeated attempts, he has still not been told the names of the officers who took him into custody.
In the video above, Al Jazeera America correspondent Ash-har Quraishi tells Brian Stelter about what happened when he and his crew were on the receiving end of tear gas and rubber bullets in Ferguson, Missouri. (Here is Stelter's CNN.com story about the incident.)
Quraishi said he feels the police action was intentional: "I do feel like we were targeted because after we retreated back, there was a crowd that did go towards our camera equipment and that was caught on camera. They hovered around our equipment. There were a number of people there - [but] no rubber bullets were fired at them and no canisters were fired at them, either."
He added, "Later on, the police that were involved in this basically said that they were helping us out by getting us out of there. You know, I find that a little bit insulting. It sounds like, you know, somebody sucker-punches you in a bar and then hands you a stick and kicks you out the door. That's not helping you."
In this week's Red News/Blue News segment, ConservativeBlackChick.com editor Crystal Wright and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill debated Al Sharpton's role in the Ferguson, Missouri protests. They also discussed #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, one of the social media responses to news coverage of Michael Brown's death.
As David Gregory is replaced by Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," how should the iconic Sunday morning public affairs program evolve? Frank Sesno, the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, and Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, discussed that with Brian Stelter. Here are a few of the highlights:
· Rosen, speaking generally about Sunday shows like "Meet the Press:" "I think these shows are an important instrument of accountability, but they've drifted out of touch with the audience, the people who are interested in politics now have a lot more information available to them. They also expect more interaction with their journalists than they did in the past. And that's not something that David Gregory was very good at."
· Sesno: "The host needs to be the surrogate for the audience." These shows should be "a place to hold people's feet to the fire - even better and closer and hotter - which is why the role of the host is so important, and I think where Chuck is going to excel."
· Rosen: "There is a very strong sense in the country that Washington is broken. The political class has failed. We can't even get on the same page about what the problem is, let alone solve the problem. I think it would be wise for Chuck Todd to see himself and his colleagues, Washington journalists, as part of the class that has screwed up politics. And maybe in taking over 'Meet the Press,' he can begin to address some of how that happened."