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

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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.”

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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

How Ferguson Story Played Out on Twitter and Cable News

A new Pew Research Center study of the coverage immediately following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson shows Twitter initially spotlighted the story with cable news soon following.

Pew found Twitter conversation started the day of Brown’s shooting on Saturday, August 9, with over 146,000 tweets posted. Cable news coverage began the next day. Examining primetime coverage during the first week following the shooting, MSNBC led the way, followed by CNN and Fox News. President Obama’s first statement on the shooting on August 14 marked the biggest day of attention on both cable news and Twitter with 296 combined minutes of primetime coverage between the three networks and over 3.6 million tweets penned.

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Did Obama White House Get Initial Insight on Ferguson From Al Sharpton?

SharptonPolitico Magazine writes the Obama administration leaned on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton for information after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. After huddling with Brown’s family and local community leaders, Sharpton connected directly with White House adviser and First Friend Valerie Jarrett, vacationing in her condo in the exclusive Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard, not far from where President Obama and his family were staying. Obama was “horrified” by the images he was seeing on TV, Jarrett told Sharpton, and proceeded to pepper him with questions as she collected information for the president: How bad was the violence? Was it being fueled by outside groups—and could Sharpton do anything to talk them down? What did the Brown family want the White House to do?

As we reported recently, Sharpton has been in the middle of two high profile cases recently: the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson and the case of Eric Garner, who was put in a chokehold by NYPD police and later died. “Rev. Al Sharpton is both President of the National Action Network and host on MSNBC,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin told us. “We’ve always been transparent about the dual roles and his work outside of MSNBC.”

Today’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

Networks remain on-scene in Ferguson today after a violent night produced tear gas, gunshots, and more clashes between police and protesters (and some violence toward journalists). As a grand jury might start hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case as soon as tomorrow,  here’s an update on who’s in Ferguson today and tonight.

Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

‘GMA’ Rolls Footage From Target Package During Interview With Michael Brown’s Mother

TargetAn unfortunate technical error occurred this morning during Robin Roberts‘ exclusive “Good Morning America” interview with Michael Brown‘s mother and attorney.

While asking about the family’s reaction to Michael’s autopsy results at 7:04amET, Roberts began to note the medical examiner’s statement.

As she started her point, footage from a package about Target rolled on screen for a few seconds with the lower third about Michael Brown remaining on screen. Three seconds later, Roberts appeared back on screen, finishing her point on the medical examiner’s statement. She apologized for the error at the end of the interview.

“Due to a technical glitch, the wrong b-roll was inadvertently called up for a split second during the interview,” an ABC spokeswoman tells TVNewser. “The mistake was quickly fixed, and the piece was updated for subsequent feeds.”

Viewers on social media noticed and voiced their displeasure.

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Pres. Obama: ‘Police Should Not be Bullying or Arresting Journalists’

In a press conference from Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, President Obama commented on the situation on Iraq and delivered his first public remarks on the escalation of violence in Ferguson, where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police Saturday.

The President addressed the media’s role in Ferguson, which has which has been in the headlines today after two reporters were arrested and an Al Jazeera America crew was tear gassed last night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground,” Obama said.

NBC’s Lester Holt anchored a special report from New York with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard and Ron Allen reporting from Ferguson. Scott Pelley anchored a CBS special report, with Major Garrett reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. On ABC, David Muir anchored with Martha Raddatz in Washington, Jonathan Karl in Martha’s Vineyard and Steve Osunsami in Ferguson.

MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

The Evening Ticker: Burnett, Sharpton, Hannity

  • On “OutFront,” CNN’s Erin Burnett anchors live from a refugee camp in Mali reporting on Islamist militants that have taken over northern Mali forcing more than a quarter million people to flee. CNN 7pmET.

  • On “PoliticsNation,” Rev. Al Sharpton will interview Janet Jackson and her brother Randy Jackson about the latest news and controversy surrounding the Jackson Family. MSNBC 6pmET.

  • On “Hannity,” Sean and his guests talk about Actress Ellen Barkin using colorful language to describe conservatives. Democratic strategist Michael Brown and radio host Rose Tennent weigh in. FNC 9pmET.