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Getting The News Out of Ferguson

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Within the framework of how happily one surrenders constitutional rights whenever someone in a uniform issues a command, the "dynamic" situation in Ferguson, Missouri presents an image of information asymmetry that raises huge concerns.  The organized "media" (let's not fight over what that means for now) is being corralled, restrained and even arrested, almost as if they were citizens of lesser value.

Via the Guardian, Getty photographer Scott Olson was led away in plastic cuffs.  Ryan Reilly of HuffPo and Wesley Lowery of WaPo were arrested in McDonalds.  They just wouldn't do as they were told. Or at least not fast enough.

A spokesman for the St Louis county police said that an "organised protest zone" would be established close to the convenience store where unarmed teenager Michael Brown allegedly stole cigars minutes before he was shot by a police officer. Media would be permitted to view the zone from another area opposite it. Olson was across the street from the press area when he was detained.

 

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