Dear Media: It’s Not About You


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Getty Photographer Scott Olson Arrested At Ferguson Protest

A photographer for Getty Images was arrested Monday during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, several eyewitnesses reported.

HuffPost’s Ryan J. Reilly captured a photo of photojournalist Scott Olson’s arrest, which took place across the street from the press area


Getty later confirmed Olson’s arrest to NBC News.

In an Instagram video posted by journalist Amy K. Nelson, Olson said he was arrested because police “said the media is required to be in a certain area.”

It’s not Olson’s first brush with the law while on the job. In 2012, Olson was one of several journalists injured while covering protests at a Chicago NATO summit. Olson was bloodied after being hit on the head with a police baton.

In a Saturday interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Olson detailed his experiences covering the protests over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed African American teenager killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. In the interview, Olson, a former Marine, said he was shocked by how heavily armed Ferguson’s police squads were.

“Most of these protesters are peaceful,” he said. “If you have several people there trying to disrupt the protest, you’re not going to shoot at them with a rifle. Not in a crowd like that.”

CNN’s Don Lemon, also reporting from Ferguson, was pushed by police while he was filming a live shot Monday evening.

Dear Media: It’s not about you.

Seriously. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.

I’m not just talking about Ferguson, I’m talking about every story you cover. You are supposed to REPORT the news, not BE the news.

Yesterday I made the mistake of doing something I never do – I watched television news. I spent about an hour flipping between Fox, CNN and MSNBC as they covered what was mostly a big nothingburger. During that hour I could actually feel my IQ dropping.

If you go to the scene of a fire you are supposed to stay out of the way of the firefighters, and far enough away from the fire itself that you don’t get burned. If you go to a war zone you run the risk of getting your ass blown up.

What makes you think riots are any different? What makes you think you are special snowflakes with privileges that mere mortals don’t enjoy? If you are standing in the middle of an unruly crowd that refuses to disperse, don’t be a whiny pussy when you are engulfed by a cloud of tear gas. If you get in the cops’ way or disobey their orders, don’t get all butthurt when they put the flexcuffs on you and stuff you in a cell with some of the rioters.

Last but not least, when you are on live television, don’t tell us what’s happening, STFU and SHOW US what’s happening. You are on TELEVISION you fucksticks, not radio.


The Klown.

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101 Responses to Dear Media: It’s Not About You

  1. The Klown says:

    UNFORTUNATELY THEY MISSED: Ferguson Protesters Throw Rocks at Chris Hayes’ Head:

  2. We didn’t do anything. We were just throwing rocks – peacefully.

  3. leslie says:

    The early morning news report is that there were 2 people shot. The police did not fire their guns.

  4. will the truth EVER come out? And when it does, will anyone be listening?

      • Anthony says:

        Excellent piece.

        Does anyone think the protestors will go home and apologize if the officer is vindicated by the evidence? Will MSNBC retract every reckless conjecture and misleading statement? Will Al Sharpton shout “my bad,” and head home, never again to descend like a despicable vulture whenever news cameras and racial tensions meet? Will the looters return their stolen merchandise? Will the Twitter prognosticators tweet out their mea culpas? Will social media be flooded with humbled and humiliated concessions?

        If Christ Himself spoke from the heavens and contradicted the established mainstream narrative, is there any way that any of these things would happen as a result?
        No, definitely not. They’d just accuse Jesus of getting His facts from Fox News.

        IOW, its a done deal. Even if Officer Wilson is found not guilty by a jury of his peers, he is toast. Thanks to the same f*cking histrionics and political manipulation surrounding the Trayvon Martin trial – even in the face of evidence by the ONE PERSON who knew neither Zimmerman or Martin (see testimony from neighbor John Goode, who saw Martin pummeling Zimmerman and reaching for his gun – testimony that can be found in the courtroom transcript but not anywhere in MSM ‘reporting’ ), Wilson will NOT get a fair trial.

        Unfortunately, even if Wilson’s actions were deemed an appropriate use of force, he might as well be guilty. If you don’t believe me, as George Zimmerman.

        • The Klown says:

          The racial narrative hath been decreed. So let it be written, so let it be done.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Grand Jury may be meeting today or tomorrow with the prosecuters. Interesting that Holder will be there tomorrow, the fix is in.

          As with Zimmerman, didn’t that kerfluffle start in Sanford because he didn’t get indicted ? That’s when the family called Sharpton, the rest is history 😦

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Looks like the peaceful protestors found new stores to loot overnight. I saw Walmart barricaded themselves with shopping carts. Good luck with that guys.

  6. s7teen70six says:

    Don Lemon’s reporting was particularly disturbing. While on air he was told by the police to move back like everyone else. But rather than obey the orders of the police Lemon intentionally disobeyed, then complained when he, like everyone else, was physically rounded up and moved backward. Then he went out of his way to inform his listening audience (all 15 of them) that the officer responsible was an older man.

  7. Somebody says:

    I truly believe if the media packed up and left town that the majority of the protestors wouldn’t come out. 100% of the race baiting, camera whores would leave town for sure. Protests might continue, but without wall to wall coverage I think it would dwindle down pretty quickly and peace could be restored to that neighborhood.

  8. DeniseVB says:

  9. Kathy says:

    Exactly–most of this is media driven..remove the cameras and things will calm strikes me that a lot of these reporters are just young and stupid….some of us remember very violent protests..getting pushed by the police? Really??

    • Somebody says:

      I was thinking the same thing about these young reporters, imagine if we morphed them back to the 60’s or 70’s, LOL!

  10. Lulu says:

    The Fox guy covering “the march” last night said the NG and state police told the protesters that they could not loiter or bunch up and hang around. They were free to “march” up and down the road. He was walking and trying to interview the “marchers”. The thing that was so funny was that NG had them all walking so fast they were out of breath and could not talk (or bitch or whine) and were quickly becoming exhausted “marching” up and down the street unable to communicate with each other and become agitated. I would guess this is why marathons, 5K’s for charity, “fun runs” and walk-a-thons do not turn into riots and looting very often. Some of the older and chubbier “marchers” looked decidedly like “WTF am I doing here?” and probably went home pretty fast.

  11. elliesmom says:

    Have any of the cities/neighborhoods that have experienced riots and looting in the last 50 to 60 years ever really recovered? Did the businesses come back as strong or stronger? Did the flight to the suburbs by the middle class reverse itself? I know it didn’t happen in Detroit.

  12. Kathy says:

    Military draft, anyone? Public service?

    • Constance says:

      They probably couldn’t get in to the military. They could certainly work for the Federal government though.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Many communities are lowering the bar to help blacks qualify for their police forces and still can’t get enough wanting to apply. Oh well, there’s your justice.

        • Mary says:

          They complain that their police departments not having any Blacks, but none of them want to be a cop. Not to mention test scores too low and criminal records.

  13. jeffhas says:

    Jake Tapper spent some of his valuable air time earlier – before any rioting/looting – taking pics of the police in riot gear and assembled in a line, He was walking up to the line saying something similar to, “tonight in middle America, this is what the police look like”, “this could be anywhere”, “look at the peaceful protestors over there – and this is the response?”, “is this necessary?”…

    Fascinating. I’m stuck on a dumb phone today or I’d try to find the video….

    • The Klown says:

      How “peaceful” would the protests have been if there were just a couple flashlight cops on duty?

      • Lulu says:

        The police should not be asked to die so they FEEL better about themselves. Cops wear protective gear for a reason. Just like firemen, soldiers, welders, chemical workers,etc do. You do not send anyone out to work who has a high risk of getting hurt without the means to protect themselves with whatever gear they may need. Do you think OSHA would let people work unprotected? No. The stupidity of this is amazing and all so that someone’s feelings do not get hurt. Fuck them.

      • WMCB says:

        I suggest that for the next night of rioting, the cops take the reporters and put them (incognito) front and center on the police line trying to push back rioters.

        Do that for a couple of nights, them ask them how much armor etc they think is “unnecessary”.

        I abhor full riot gear for routine stops, warrants, etc. But for actual riots, it’s entirely appropriate.

  14. abc says:

    I’m not sure what I think of the situation in Ferguson. I know how cops can be. I know how looters can be. I want to see an evidentiary hearing before deciding where blame should fall.

    But I just wanna know….where do you find your excellent cartoons?

    • The Klown says:

      These days I find a lot of them on Twitter. I shamelessly steal/plagiarize so many graphics and ideas I should run for office.

      • abc says:

        Ha-ha-ha! You should. For many reasons.

        I should have said…I also know how MEDIA can be. Can you say, “media darling?”

        Thanks for the info.

  15. leslie says:

    Senator Claire McCaskill was on Morning Joe this morning and said that she learned that most of the agitators (if not all) were from outside of Ferguson and that some were from out of state. She specifically mentioned, New York and Chicago had provided many of the protestors. She also gave a pretty “fair and balanced” report on the Ferguson PD. A “news reporter” asked in a very oppositional way, why all the evidence the police had has not been provided to the MSM. I thought Sen. McCaskill -or “Claire” as Mika referred to her before she very quickly changed it to “Senator” – responded in a thoughtful and intelligent way. She explained it was to prevent witnesses from creating their narrative to fit the reported evidence.
    I was, for the first time, grateful to this senator’s comments. She gave no quarter to the woman who was trying to agitate and create her own narrative on the program.

    • Lulu says:

      This has been the blueprint for wrongful death “civil rights” cases for at least a decade. The Martin/Zimmerman case covered so badly by the media actually broke the secrecy and and game plan on how these cases are manipulated for profit and the network of insiders who facilitate them. Civil rights violations are the last thing that is addressed in reality. It is about money, PR, marketing, and power. I am surprised that McCaskill is fighting back. Usually Dems are part and parcel of the milking of the taxpayers to pay off this very small constituency of scam trial lawyers and their clients.

      • Mary says:

        Speaking of the game plan already utilized by Crump et al, I’m reading that the reason they push for the arrest (as in Zimmerman and now Wilson) is that the previous arrest makes it easier to win the multi-million dollar wrongful death suit in the future.

        Brown’s mother was just on Good Morning America saying all she wanted was an arrest.

        Oh, and by the way, Brown didn’t live with his mother or father–hadn’t for years. He lived with his grandmother.

        • leslie says:

          Oh, and by the way, Brown didn’t live with his mother or father–hadn’t for years. He lived with his grandmother.
          OMG! Where did you see that? (Mind you I’m not surprised that he lived w/ his grandmother, it’s not all that unusual.) But how did you find this out?

    • cynic says:

      I saw that interview as well, and totally agree. The Senator did a great job, and when she mentioned that the media wasn’t reporting that the police were being shot at, everyone was acting surprised.

      It’s an interview worth watching. For once, someone on MSNBC was making sense, and I picked up on the “Claire”, “Senator” thing.

  16. The Klown says:

    Any reporter who whines about getting tear gassed is a pussy.

    • 49erDweet says:

      When gassed, if you can keep your hands away from your face and let the tears roll, you can do OK. Tears cleanse, but rubbing gassed skin seriously multiplies the hurt. So if gassed, remember to cry but DON’T TOUCH your face.

      • The Klown says:

        1st: Get away from the gas to fresh air.

        If there is no breeze, walk around while blinking rapidly.

        Tear gas is volatile and will dissipate within minutes if allowed to.

  17. WMCB says:

    Kick ass video.

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  19. The Klown says:

    Liberals Shoot Guns For The 1st Time:

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  24. The Klown says:

    How liberals think:

    This was Rt’d by kos himself!

  25. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      It is like the dog that chases cars and finally catches one. The dog doesn’t know how to drive, how to gas it up, or what to do. So it starts barking and finally runs away. I mean no insult to dogs.

  26. SHV says:

    “Another Police Shooting In St. Louis, Just 10 Miles From Ferguson: “Suspect Dead At The Scene”
    More fuel for the fire??

  27. The Klown says:

    Tom Delay Comments on Rick Perry Indictment:

  28. WMCB says:

    Catholic peeps are having fun with this one. 🙂

  29. The Klown says:

    He said – I said – he said:

    • Somebody says:

      Urban segregation is the result of federal policy? What federal policy from what century? The theory that governments are responsible for housing patterns has been tried multiple times in court cases re-desegregation. It has been slapped down by courts including SCOTUS…..see Jenkins or Freeman V Pitts and multiple lower court opinions.

  30. WMCB says:

    • Somebody says:

      I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. I didn’t know which American, but I knew it would happen and I don’t think he’s going to be the last. There are thousands of Americans in Iraq.

    • WMCB says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Trouble with social media, as much as you try to avoid the icky stuff, some moron posts the photo of Foley’s head placed on the back of the rest of his body. Apparently the video going around is showing the beheading in glorious high def color. Sick f**ks.

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  32. leslie says:

    So Al Sharpton will eulogize Midhael Brown on Monday. (Because of course, he knew the young man so very well.)

    • leslie says:

      oh well, he can probably spell better than I. 😦

    • The Klown says:

      I understand the pain and grief that Michael Brown’s parents are feeling. Even if they were bad parents of a bad kid, they still feel grief. Turning his death into a media circus with blood-sucking ghouls instead of nice, funny clowns can’t make it any easier.

      • 49erDweet says:

        Yep. They have every right to be sad and grieve. OTOH they have no right to conveniently forget who he’d become and “hop on board his death and ride it around the arena a few times”.

        • The Klown says:

          It is a lot easier to accept that your kid was murdered by racist cops than to admit that he is dead because you fucked up your primary job in life.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Yeah, but I’m not totally accepting the premise that it proves parents have messed up when newly adult idiots burst forth onto the scene. They may have, but that’s too easy a cop out to let slide through unchallenged. Adult is supposed to mean something.

        • DeniseVB says:

          We don’t know that much about the parents of the Trayvons and Michaels, but what I’m learning is that there a very few who call up Sharpton and Jackson after their child is “murdered by police”. At least in my podunk corner of the world.

          • lorac says:

            I read an article that said that Crump called Sabrina, and asked her to call the current thug’s mom to suggest he be their lawyer.

  33. mothy67 says:

    CAN it not just be said Al Sharpton is a criminal ads. He has destroyed lives. No one makes me sicker than that pig. Beg you all tell me one time that man has ever made anything better. One time. All I want. How many lives has this stupid fuck destroyed? YEs the pig race beating pig has crippled the loves of the children of the officers in the Brawley case. He is the dumbest person I have ever heard in my life. He is a small minded little pig who ruined people’s lives. There is zero doubt about what that pig did aftertAste Brawley. He and she are vile.

    I side with the cop
    Hate the fact that I now see his parents as opportunists.
    I live in fear that everything I do for my baby girl is a a mis step
    Yet her mother who cuts herself gets a pass from the courts on not being able to spend 700 hundreds dollArs on a psych evaluation. Little girl we Bill 8 in two weeks and mother/father have never spent a penny. I set up a college fund which has less than 20 k in it but her fuck yard parents tried to get it. Stupid tools it is in my name and then if I die my mom’s and then if she dies my brothers. O me of those accounts where I buy tuition at today’s price and they.charge me same thing twenty years from now. I guess the send out an email that says at Christmas you can buy a toy or invest in a a kid’s future.
    Anyhow her parents went to the bank and tried to take out her money. Then my nephew told me after he got out of jail that it was his daughter and therefore his money.
    Well that was a big no. Account is in my name I can put whatever I want in. I pay no tax if it . Is used for education or health. I try to do about 150/w. Might sound like a lot of money but it is really a bargain. Say my pup gets into a good school. Tier one. Swarthmore, Penn, CMU I can buy credits now at today’s prices PRivate schools are not subject to the same rules but you betcha the guy who walked into CMU’ s saying what do I do to get my brat into a good school has a chance of mAking sure his baby gets a fair shake.
    A fair shake is all I want for my kid.

    While growing up as one of the poorest people ever I had a best friend whose parents had gone to gone to Carnegie Tech. Later it became Carnegie Mellon Univrsity.
    Gayle’ s parents had their own road and lived in a house that told everyone they were rich.
    It. Was another time and I scored very very well on an I Q test. I had to skip a grade. They no longer do that but I was suddenly freak child and Gail was rich girl whose parents were snobs. Small town and my grandmother fed her kidIs even if today she would be called a who’re.
    Anyhow Gail and I became friends. Knew each other always . She went to Rollins and then got an engineering/law degree . Love her inside upside outside and up and down but sh

  34. WMCB says:

    You may have issues with the big dog who is in charge. But power vacuums are worse, usually.

  35. mothy67 says:

    .School teachers should not get wasted in the same community they work.
    Baby girl got her third grade assignment today and she is in a whole new classroom. Small town two classes of twenty. K thru 2 same kids. Not this year she is the only girl to be in a different class. Big deal or so I thought. I was drinking near beer playing poker and was told SHay was told. I am a racist and a classiest. No idea what a classiest is because I am pretty sure I fall under the poor umbrella. Maybe I have some stocks . My one legged grandfather actually had at&t stocks in his prosthetic that he gave me. I had no idea what they were or how much they were worth. My grandmother sued me and I was left with a few thousand in 1982 for my kids. Not going to happen so as I am one of her heirs I can transfer to some one else. I understand none of it. Bunch of papers hidden in a plastic leg.. I am an idiot when it comes to to taxes It seems if I take out a thousand dollars I pay crazy tax. Factor in the guy who is five thousand years old who has been managing the money and I am paying almost 60 percent. Fuck that I leave it in the bank and pay brat’ s tuition in nine years and I pray nothing.
    So anyhow I was talking to a teacher from my kids school and she told me I was arrogant. I was again consuming near bear and I asked her to extrapolate. She told me I was a rich prick who had venom for unfortunate kids. I said what. She told me I called the school because a little girl pulled up my fence and took my dog then came to my door and told me she found her running wild. I have motion cameras and she is on tape taking the dog. I did not go to the police because she is seven but it wasn’t’t even my dog . IT was my brother’s and she was a breeder but now she is old and fat no way she pulled up a fence and then crawled under. I have her on tape. I did not call the police because she is a kid.
    Fuck off one billion times. Woman told me had the audacity to tell me my kid was spoiled. She has been raised by her great GAY uncle and her great grandparents. I work my ass off letting this little crud know I cherish her. Teacher was a little drunk and she told me I was racist. What? I have had more black in me than a urinal at the Apollo(Lisa Elinelli)
    Fuck off I do not care who fucked whom when it comes to my kid. I want your kid to be forward thinking. Could care less if they are two I say buck up(kidding) For real all I have done in my life is made mistakes. Nothing matters if I cannot prevent my baby from doing loads of blow off Jade Sterling’s thigh. I know you Philly people remember Pretty Poison. She was punk til she did Catch me Now I.’m Falling

    Long time ago. Had Greek omelets at Little Pete’s with cheese fries many a time with Jade Sterling. Her real name was something like Heidi Abromowitz. Jew from Cherry Hill. Loved her. Ps I love Cherry Hill NJ. Best mix ever of money and wanna be.

  36. mothy67 says:

    SOD off kindle it keeps correcting me. F U C K becomes touch. How annoying. I wanted to say my brat is going into third grade and a drunk teacher told me I was racist. Fuck yeah I will knock down anyone who gets in my kid’s way. Could care less if your are green blue orange or black. In fact I have my eye on the prize. Best black friend in a white community works for me. To be honest I just do not like the girls white mother. Kid has jazz, ballet, hip hop. . Gymnastics , swim, karate and acting classes. I spend a lot of money every week. My choice I do not want her in front of the tv. .I believe I am lucky to be able to spend a little. Every organization My kid goes to is willing to do it on a sliding scale. I arranged for free softball. Two families took advantage. One sent kids off with nothing. Ever. Three day finals not a bottle of water. My COPD dad picked them up and rode them home not a thank you.
    I am so sick of poor kids. From my perspective they became poor kids because of your policies.
    I love my baby do not care I am not her dad. Sick and tired of being sick and tired of excuses. He cried in court. Never in my life have I ever wanted so desperately to kick him in the face.
    Worst person I have ever met. I spent 20 years in Manhattan with people like Basqudt Warhol Madonna my nephew is so much much worse.

    If you think I am some silly gay trying to give my life a bit of meaning I challange you to look up kid kills woman over cigarette

    My sister’s nephew was that guy HE shot a mother for a cigarette.
    I am now known as an asshole across Pittsburgh do not give a fuck I will protect my annoying baby witching life. I am. Bet your sweet ass I studied at the New School and all I learned with philosophy and eastern physical disciplines is I yearn for my baby to say I AM.

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