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Critic: Cable News Walking Fine Line Between Coverage and ‘Inciting Violent Mood’

1408526936999_wps_5_A_protester_joins_hands_wDenver Post media critic Joanne Ostrow detects a “curiously eager” drumbeat in the cable news coverage from Ferguson ahead of the expected grand jury report:

If you’ve watched cable news lately, you are aware of the fine line they are walking between capturing the mood in Ferguson, Mo., in advance of a grand jury decision and practically inciting a violent mood.

Ostrow wonders whether heavy coverage of what might happen will influence what does happen. “It’s the tone that’s worrisome,” Ostrow writes. “Will there be blood? Might there be shooting? They’re guessing for all they’re worth.”

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Where is TV Critic Aaron Barnhart? Is It Anybody’s Business?

When I began at TVNewser almost five years ago, I would scour local newspaper websites for what the TV columinsts were writing about: Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post, Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And the guys in Chicago: Robert Feder at the Sun-Times and Phil Rosenthal at the Tribune. Some have moved on to other beats, or other publications. And Cuprisin lost his battle with melanoma last year. A couple are still around, including Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik. And we are fortunate to have the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Gail Shister in our line-up.

And there was always Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star. His TVBarn column would often include an interesting angle about cable news we hadn’t covered or an interview with a TV news personality worth picking up.

It turns out Barnhart has gone off the grid apparently for health reasons. So when a local blogger began asking questions about his whereabouts, it touched a nerve and today Jim Romenesko asks if it’s “anybody’s business” where he is and why?

[Star "watchdog" John] Landsberg tells me that reaction to his Barnhart column “has been mixed” and that “some people think it is a fair question to ask about a prominent columnist who simply virtually disappears for several months. Others consider it a private matter.”

Dropping in to Denver

There’s something missing from Joanne Ostrow‘s Denver Post story about national media types who are about to descend on Denver. Namely, a complete story.

Ostrow writes about the coverage plans of NBC News, MSNBC, PBS and NPR. She even talks with Keith Olbermann and Gwen Ifill. But no mention of Fox News, CNN, ABC or CBS. Granted, Ostrow writes about how the local affiliates “will make use of visiting network talent.” Katie Couric on KCNC; Charlie Gibson on KMGH; and “Fox 31 likewise is trying to get all Fox News Channel personnel on the air.”

But that’s about it. Maybe we’ve missed other stories on the subject or maybe anchors from those other nets weren’t available to speak to her, but it seems a little light to be a “roundup of media preparations.”

Ostrow does have an interesting quote from Ifill, however, who “has been mentioned as a ‘Meet the Press’ host contender.” Ostrow asks about “folks vying to fill Russert’s role.”

“If you look for it, you’ll see it,” Ifill says.