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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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    What is the point in this? What is the narrative here? That the media is getting bulied by all the cops? I was under the impression you were trying to cover a story about the PEOPLE in ferguson. Not about YOU. Why is this story about YOU? You were wearing a gas mask? You ran from gas? Ooohh how scary, but now your hear. With nothing of worth to show for. How can this be considered news its all about how reporters feel about being in the midst of what the protesters have faced from day one. YOU ARE PATHETIC AND HILARIOUSLY SELF ABSORBED

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