Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin has covered major events all over the world. He’s reported from Iraq, Israel and Qatar to name a few, in addition to being front and center for the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook tragedies. Tobin’s currently in Ferguson, MO where coverage of the chaos surrounding Mike Brown’s death has captivated America.
Tobin, who is still on the ground in Ferguson, spoke with TVNewser about things he’s witnessed recently while covering the riots.
TVNewser: What is one memory from the chaos in Ferguson that will forever be embedded in your mind?
Tobin: I was really impressed with cameraman Bob Lee. In addition to mastering the technology, the guy drives so hard to get in the action and get the shot. Bob has guts. That’s a great quality on a chaotic story.
TVNewser: Did you ever feel like your safety was in jeopardy?
Tobin: Oh yeah. Those are real bullets. I’m under no illusion that I’m somehow immune. There is also non-lethal stuff – bean bags. I’d prefer not to get hit at all, but the modifier ‘non’ is comforting when you put it in-front of the word ‘lethal.’
TVNewser: How does covering conflict in areas such as Iraq and the Gaza Strip compare to what you witnessed in Ferguson over the last few months?
Tobin: War is War. This is a riot. War is deadly serious. Kids out here in Ferguson treat this like it’s a game. They are running around stealing hair weaves and cases of pop. In the process they are destroying the livelihoods of hardworking people and rationalizing their behavior. I find it less palatable than war.
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