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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Purges Reporter Who Spoke to Witnesses Corroborating Ferguson Police Story

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 19, 2014 @ 2:21 pm In The Point | 54 Comments




The news has already been written. Any deviations from it will be punished.


A pretty big buzz started last night when St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted that there is plenty of support for Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the Michael Brown shooting:

“Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting.”

Now came this…


“On FMLA from paper. Earlier tweets did not meet standards for publication.”

Byers references sources who back up Wilson’s account, only to be told her tweet didn’t meet the standards of the newspaper she works for, and as a result, she is off under the Family and Medical Leave Act? How does FMLA enter into this?

Since when does Twitter count as a newspaper’s standards for publication? Plenty of New York Times reporters tweet their views and opinions and parts of developing stories.

Plenty of reporters have been behaving in a wildly unprofessional manner over Ferguson, on and off Twitter. They’ve been acting like a lynch mob.

Byers was reporting conditions on the ground on Twitter in much more neutral and professional terms, but at the same time the conclusion could have been drawn that she was sympathetic to the law and order side of the angle, not the rioters and looters that her colleagues preferred.

Christine Byers was actually quoting what police told her about the violence. That may have been a no-no. Pulling her silences the police and lets Obama, Sharpton and Co. play their games.

This is the new journalism.

 


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The news has already been written. Any deviations from it will be punished.

Nice lead! Greenfield impresses sometimes with his journalistic skills. Wish he were more consistent, though.

However, FrontPage has offered up some of the more insightful, and exclusive, pieces on the Ferguson story online.
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