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Filmmaker Blasts Critic Who Said Van Jones Was ‘Unqualified’ to Report in Ferguson

Van JonesThe Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik, in a discussion of media coverage from Ferguson on NPR’s “On the Media”, said CNN’s Van Jones had “absolutely no credentials” to be on the street reporting on violence that followed the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield that it was “outrageous” to have “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television” reporting alongside anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

Jones used Twitter to sarcastically respond to Zurawik, asking “what if CNN used a Yale-educated attorney who won 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award for his work on police abuse?” The reference, of course, is to Jones himself, who Robert Greenwald notes in The Huffington Post “appears to have been more qualified (and certainly more credentialed) to report on this particular story than almost anyone else in the television news business.”
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‘It’s Outrageous’: Critic Says CNN’s Van Jones Had No Place ‘On the Streets’ in Ferguson

Van JonesIn a discussion of media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case–and the violence that followed–Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized CNN’s decision to have political analyst Van Jones on the street alongside CNN’s reporters and anchors. “It’s outrageous,” Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield, describing Jones as “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television.”

Zurawik compared Jones to an analyst like Karl Rove, and argued he should never have stood next to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. “Why would you put him on the streets? It’s outrageous to put that guy out there on the streets. There’s kids in college studying journalism who are more equipped to be on the streets covering that story for CNN than he was.”

Listen to the full conversation, after the jump:
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Seth Meyers To Host 2011 ESPY Awards

ESPN was so impressed by Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers‘ job of hosting the ESPYs, the network has already committed to bringing him back for a second year.

Meyers will host the 19th annual ESPYs on July 13, 2011 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The Weekend Update anchor joins a list that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Miller and Jamie Foxx of people that have hosted the ESPYs on more than one occasion.

While parts of the show fell flat, Meyers did a wonderful job with the opening monologue and poking fun at ESPN broadcasting The Decision.

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