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Politico: How Media Became the Story in Ferguson

RUSH: Now from The Politico: "Ferguson Media Gets into the Story -- The line between news reporting and opinion is blurring in Ferguson, Missouri." Folks, believe me, that line has ceased to exist for years.  News reporting has been opinion for I don't know how long. In fact, speaking here as a broadcast professional, it has almost been required that news become opinion because straightforward, dead dryball news sadly doesn't get any ratings.  It is opinion journalism that fires people up.  It creates drama. It creates all the human characteristics that lead to magnetism, that make people want to keep watching or listening or reading or what have you. 

But let's stick with the story as written just for the fun of it.  "The line between news reporting and opinion is blurring in Ferguson, Missouri, as some national journalists inject their perspective and even themselves into the story."

No way.  I don't believe it.  Who knew?  Are you kidding me?  National journalists injecting their perspective in a story?  When did that begin?  And even themselves?  "The conduct of a few prominent members of the press on the ground at the site of the police shooting of Michael Brown has drawn the attention of media observers and prompted the wrath of conservatives who see an anti-law enforcement bias in the [media]. 

"On Monday night, CNN's Jake Tapper blasted the authorities' heavy-handed response to the demonstrations, which he deemed nonsensical. Wesley Lowery, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested last week along with Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post, has called police conduct 'militarized' and 'aggressive.' Don Lemon, on the air for CNN, even offered personal assistance to the parents of Brown.

"'If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally,' he told them during an interview." (Gasp!) Well, where's the objectivity?  Where's the impartiality?  Where is the desire to get the story?  Where is the fairness?  It's out the window, see.  You know why it's out the window?  'Cause there's some real bad victims here, and there's some real bad and worse oppressors. 

When I say "bad" victims, I mean, there are some really sorrowful victims. So the media is acknowledging in this story that they have chosen sides.  Amy Simons, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which is reputed to be one of the best in the country, said that when she saw Don Lemon tell the Brown family, "If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally," here's my number, "To me that was a line that was very clearly crossed. ...

"He had gone from being an independent journalist to clearly advocating and making it known which side of this issues he's on at the moment.'" Uh, Amy? Speaking for vast majority of Americans, we already knew that because we watch CNN a lot. We've been watching CNN since 1980, and we know what side of the issue they are on.  We didn't need Don Lemon offering aid and comfort to the Brown family to know  it. 

Now, if you've just figured it out (clapping), that's cool. 

Don Lemon and Jake Tapper "both declined to be interviewed, CNN said.  Lowery has given several media interviews since his arrest and engaged in public battles with his detractors, including MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who suggested that Lowery should have been more compliant with the demands of law enforcement. 'I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he's sitting sipping his Starbucks smugly,' Lowery told CNN last week." 

Ohhhh! So Scarborough can't possibly have any bona fides. Scarborough can't possibly know what's going on. He's sitting at 30 Rock sipping Starbucks.  He's not on the ground making friends with the victims.  "Lowery [also] did not respond to a request for an interview, but he has made his feelings known on Twitter. On Tuesday, he tweeted, 'No journalist ... should be getting arrested for doing their jobs.'

"Asked by one user if there was 'a danger of putting journalists capricious arrests above other capricious arrests (of protesters),' Lowery replied: 'No.' Even in the age of digital media, where Twitter has allowed for excessive commenting on every news development, the injection of media narratives into the Ferguson story ... has drawn notice and, in some cases, criticism."

They actually think this is the first time this has ever happened. They're actually reporting on this at Politico as though this is the first time that journalists have ever crossed over to the other side and actually become advocates for one of the sides.  Stunning, but there you go.  It's a long story.  It goes on for couple more pages, and we'll link to it at RushLimbaugh.com.  

The Foleys Show Incredible Strength

RUSH: I was just watching, what I had time for, some of the -- I guess it's a live appearance by the parents of James Foley, the man beheaded by ISIS on video.  James Foley's parents truly appear to be incredible people. They are obviously in great pain, but they are projecting incredible strength here and gratitude for their son. 

"We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world. We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist --" He was a photojournalist.  "-- and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim."

That statement, from the mother, Diane Foley.  They are currently, it looks like in their front yard, speaking to the media about this.  I can't imagine the pain that they are feeling.  And these ISIS people, ISIL, it's the same thing, ISIS, ISIL, these are genuine human debris in the express way that term is meant.  They are indeed animals.  The videotape, you watched it, Snerdley?  Yeah, he told me he did.  The ISIS member who actually committed this atrocious deed spoke with a British accent. 

I saw today where ISIS apparently has been successful in recruiting several British subjects, citizens, into their movement, to give them a different appearance from Al-Qaeda, even though that's what they are.  ISIS is Al-Qaeda in Iraq.  But there's no way to nuance this. There's no way to deal with people like this.  They simply have to be obliterated.  They have to be destroyed, essentially.  That's the only way you deal with people like this.  

Ferguson Kids Missing Free Lunches

RUSH:  Students in the high school in Ferguson, Missouri -- still closed because of rioting -- are not just missing classes.  They are missing their free lunches.  I kid you not.  Students in the high school, closed because of the rioting, aren't just missing classes. They are missing their free lunches.  


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