BY TERRY GANEY// In the hours leading up to the announcement of whether or not a Ferguson police officer would face charges for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, NPR’s Cheryl Corley listed all of the possibilities facing officer Darren Wilson.
Among them, Corley said, was the possibility he could be charged with first-degree murder or murder in the second degree. She listed other potential charges, too, and then went on to list what kind of sentence Wilson might have to serve if he were convicted.
Corley’s report ran parallel to the many narratives being repeated by national reporters that began soon after that August day when Brown was killed: Wilson was at fault, and if a St. Louis County grand jury would pursue justice, he would be brought to trial for what had happened.
BY WILLIAM A. BABCOCK// Just when you thought it safe to follow the news without yet another Ferguson-related story, the New York Times and Fox News have entered the mud-fighting fray.
Fox’s Howard Kurtz, hardly an unbiased Fox News Channel journalist, accused the Times of making a “reckless move” in publishing the approximate address of Darren Wilson, the police office who shot and killed Michael Brown in August.
By ROY MALONE// The killing of Michael Brown Jr. in August by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, has produced a stream of controversial local and national news stories that portray the unarmed black teen as either the victim of police violence or a thug who got what he deserved in a “good shoot” by the officer.
A recent story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes a forensic pathologist, Dr. Judy Melinek of San Francisco, as viewing Brown’s autopsy report and saying that Brown was shot in the hand while struggling with the officer at his car and was “going for the gun.” She is also quoted as saying the several shots fired at Brown after he ran, did not show he had his hands up (as in surrendering) as several eyewitnesses have said.
By SCOTT LAMBERT// It’s amazing to see how a single video of a man punching a woman in the face can change everyone’s perspective.
Months ago, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games for punching his now wife, Janay Palmer, after a video showed up of Rice dragging her out of an elevator.
Some media members complained then about the NFL’s leniency toward physically abusing your future wife. But, the NFL rode out the storm, claiming that the police did little about the case, so why should they?