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Families of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin to Meet on CNN

-dbcd6eb0b040a547On the day the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office released its autopsy report on 12-year-old Tamir Rice–listing his cause of death as homicide–CNN says Rice’s family will appear with the families of Michael BrownEric Garner and Trayvon Martin on “AC360″. The network says it is the first time the four families have sat down together.

A CNN release says the families will discuss “race and justice” with Anderson Cooper. The show airs at 8pmET.

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HLN Extends Protest-Focused ‘Naked Justice’

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HLN executives were pleased with Monday night’s special report, “Naked Justice: A Matter of Trust”, and have decided to extend the show for at least another week. The show was created quickly as a response to protests that have spread across the country in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner, and the rise of hashtags like #ICantBreathe.

The 7 p.m. ET hour, hosted by CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin and HLN legal analyst Joey Jackson, dealt with race, the justice system, and the role of social media. “The protests have been orchestrated and sustained through social media,” Hostin told TVNewser. “From my Twitter feed and Instagram accounts, it is so clear to me that social media has provided access to real time reactions and emotions from people at the heart of the stories and those it touches.”
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Joe Scarborough: ‘I’ve Had It With B.S. on This Network, Other Networks’ Over Ferguson

Morning JoeOn MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Joe Scarborough said he had reached “a tipping point” on the Ferguson protests which have spread across the country in the days since the death of Michael Brown. Arguing that Brown was a poor choice for role models, Scarborough said anyone, including the host’s own children, would have put themselves in a position to be shot by a police officer if they’d done what Brown was described as doing.

Scarborough said the sight of St. Louis Rams players taking the field with their hands up in protest was “the final straw”. “I have sat here quietly and listened to B.S. being spewed all over this network, and all over other networks. I can’t take it any more.”

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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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Fusion’s Tim Pool: Media Creating ‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’ in Ferguson

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Fusion senior correspondent Tim Pool has been reporting from Ferguson, and he took time to take questions in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session Tuesday. Asked about media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case, Pool said the reporting about violence has created a “self-fulfilling prophecy”:

I was told a story once in Chicago. There was this new drug they were calling “super heroin.” Several people overdosed on it and the local news reported their location and where they thought it was being sold. The next day way more people overdosed… they found out where to get it from the local news report.

Pool, who live-streamed from Ferguson for three hours Monday night, said the media was “part of the problem” in a way Pool has not seen in other, seemingly more dangerous conflicts:

In the other countries I’ve been to protests are more focused on single targets. The police reaction is certainly not the most violent and the protester reaction is certainly not the most violent. However it feels so much more dangerous in Ferguson. The media is a part of the problem to the police and a lot protesters here and that makes you a part of the conflict much more than an impartial observer.

Watch some of Pool’s reporting from Ferguson, after the jump:
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‘No Question Off Limits’: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Interviews Darren Wilson

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has interviewed Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, releasing a photo of the interview this afternoon via Twitter.

Several network news anchors are believed to have met with Wilson in the hopes of doing his first interview after the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown, though sources tell TVNewser CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who had been named as having had a face-to-face with Wilson, in fact did not.

GStephWilsonMore: Edited excerpts will air on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Tuesday, and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will post on tomorrow.

ABC broke into programming around 2:35pmET with Stephanopoulos anchoring a special report to promote the interview. “I’ve spent over an hour at a secret location with officer Darren Wilson,” he said, adding, “I asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, ‘would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?’ He said ‘absolutely not.’ He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.”

Report: George Stephanopoulos ‘Poised’ to Land First Interview with Ferguson Officer

abc_george_stephanopoulos_2_dm_120124_wmainA day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported a collection of network news anchors had met privately with Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Politico reports ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is “poised” to land the first interview. The report by Politico’s Dylan Byers cites “industry sources”:

Members of the media who were jockeying for the first sit-down with Wilson were recently told that Stephanopoulos, the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC, had won rights to the interview. That agreement is subject to change: Wilson could decide to forego interviews altogether and, if he is indicted, will not be able to give an interview.

As CNN Reports Ferguson Police Chief to Step Down, Chief Says Report is Wrong


CNN led its 10 p.m. hour, “CNN Tonight”, with breaking news–the chief of police in Ferguson, Missouri was set to resign–perhaps as early as next week.

CNN’s Evan Perez, cited “government officials” who indicated Chief Thomas Jackson would leave his job, and the St. Louis County police chief would step in and take control of Ferguson’s police force. The move was described as an effort to restore faith in the department after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

But moments later, Jackson told St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers that he had no plans to resign, and “he says CNN reports are completely wrong.”

Within the hour, the Ferguson Police Department had released its own statement via Twitter:

CNN suggested the initial report may reflect an effort originating in Washington to remove the chief, even as reporters in Missouri, including CNN’s Sara Sidner, described local leaders as unaware of any move to force the chief out:

“Nobody in my chain of command has asked me to resign, nor have I been terminated,” (Jackson) said on the phone to CNN.

And Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said there is no plan in place for the police chief to step down.

When asked whether the federal government was pressuring the city to force out the police chief, he told CNN: “People have been saying that for months, I mean for him to step down. But we’ve stood by him this entire time. So there is no change on that.”

Bill O’Reilly and Howard Kurtz Talk Al Sharpton’s Dual Activist, MSNBC Role

O'Reilly KurtzBill O’Reilly spoke with Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn last night about Al Sharpton‘s ongoing activism on behalf of Michael Brown while also hosting his MSNBC show.

“This is a travesty,” Kurtz said, citing Sharpton’s “political” eulogy at Brown’s funeral yesterday, meeting with Michael Brown’s family, and what Kurtz says is Sharpton’s “acknowledgment” that he is a conduit for the Obama administration for on-the-ground information on Ferguson.

“This just reeks that MSNBC thinks this acceptable…you can’t be a player and cover the game,” Kurtz added. O’Reilly chimed in he believes Sharpton “almost singlehandedly has corrupted NBC News,” dismissing MSNBC President Phil Griffin‘s defense that the network has been transparent about Sharpton’s dual roles. Yesterday, Sharpton spoke at Brown’s funeral in St. Louis in the afternoon and later hosted “PoliticsNation” from there at 6pmET. He led the show covering the funeral, playing parts of his eulogy off the top.

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How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more