Ferguson Coverage…

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik writes about last night cable news mayhem in Ferguson…

But all the good reporting by Carroll and others at CNN was seriously compromised by the terrible decision to have political commentator Van Jones on the ground with Lemon.

At 10:23 p.m. (ET) as the violence seriously escalated, Jones cut in on Lemon with, “I just want to say… it’s that same thing again: You have a small number of knuckleheads who are out here causing the problems.”

How could Jones possibly know that being essentially in one location on the street?

As subsequent events quickly revealed, the former Obama green-jobs adviser didn’t know it. He wasn’t even close.

The question was: What was Jones, a CNN political analyst from the canceled “Crossfire” show, doing out there on the street in Ferguson in the first place when the need could not have been greater for real, honest, experienced reporters – something CNN has more of than anyone else in TV news?

Jones was so far out of his depth and so far off in his assessment of the actual situation all night that you had to wonder if CNN President Jeff Zucker, or any of his executives, were actually watching the coverage.

8 Responses to “Ferguson Coverage…”

  1. Jones’ contributions this evening were also lovely. I wish I had the snippet, but he seemed quite pleased at the idea of highway disruptions, across the country. Lord knows, we didn’t just finish gnashing our teeth over the idea that Chris Christie might have caused a bridge to be shut down. Having forgotten all that, we now need to be reminded why it is that shutting down major thoroughfares might be more than just an inconvenience. Don Lemon didn’t seem to have much to say about it, either.

  2. Before the internet became what it is today, CNN would have gone exclusively with real, honest, experienced reporters and plenty from all age groups and incomes would have watched their coverage. Those days are long behind us.

    “Cable News” now exists in name only.

  3. “What was Jones, a CNN political analyst from the canceled “Crossfire” show, doing out there on the street in Ferguson in the first place when the need could not have been greater for real, honest, experienced reporters”

    Uhm…the same thing Mark Lamont Hill was doing out there. Representing the insane viewpoint the media is pushing.

  4. I have been surprised by how well I think Chris Cuomo, Jason Carroll, Sara Sidner, and Stephanie Elam have covered this story. Don Lemon and Van Jones should have stayed home. And Anderson Cooper just stands over at the courthouse some 20-25 miles away. He might as well be in the studio like Erin and Wolf. Don’t even get me started on Sunny Hostin.

  5. Sunny Hostin isn’t a legal analyst so much as she is a pro black activist. Meaning her views are determined by skin color not legal theory. She’s more like van Jones and MLH as opposed to toobin

  6. Toobin reminds me too much of Mr Rogers…or the legal equivalent of Mr Rogers. “Habeas Corpus? Can you say that? I knew you could”

  7. Zurawik MediaBuzz criticizing CNN for using Van Jones in Ferguson coverage was ironic since one of the other guests on MediaBuzz to talk Ferguson coverage was David Webb who was reporting for FNC.
    Both Jones and Webb are political partisans.

  8. This pretty well sizes it up, coverage-wise.
    http://tinyurl.com/m2o8exx

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