According to Don Lemon on CNN, his sources say that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted.
I’m watching CNN tonight for the first time since probably 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan.
I know – I feel dirty too.
UPDATE: Van Jones expresses an easement the Tea Party opposes police brutality.
Nope. No bias there.
UPDATE: Is anybody but me betting that the media is hitting its knees and praying for a major riot?
UPDATE : and here comes the press conference…
UPDATE: Dist. Atty. takes a not remotely muted whack at the mainstream media. Good.
UPDATE: “No probable cause exists to indict Officer Wilson”.
UPDATE: As the grand jury report continues, CNN is showing footage of demagogues… well, demagogue in.
UPDATE: Observation of the crowd as presented on CNN: lots of black people with visible faces; lots of twentysomething white people with bandannas over their faces.
It looks like some stuff is being thrown around – and some people are running hither and Jan. Hard to tell if anything is actually breaking out yet.
UPDATE: Shrill media woman asking the district attorney if the police will in the future be required to shoot for hands and legs, went under attack – or not shoot on armed suspects.
Somebody’s been watching too many movies.
UPDATE: Reporter who looks like he was from the Pacific Network asks: why are there no laws protecting the likes of Michael Wilson?”
UPDATE: Oh joy. The oresident is next.
UPDATE: CNN talking head – I think it’s Jeffrey Toobin, but I can’t tell for sure, knows what really matters whether; defending the media against the district attorney’s complaints about their wretched performance in this whole case.
UPDATE: Mark Garragos is a disgrace to the legal profession, and to America.
UPDATE: reports of gunfire. Good news – the reports are coming from the mainstream media, so they’re probably BS.
But it did take CNN precisely 10 seconds to put it a screaming “Gunshots Heard in Ferguson” banner.
UPDATE: President Obama opens with “this nation is built on the rule of law”. I couldn’t help but laugh.
UPDATE: at first blush, Obama’s speech is not a bad one. It’s not exactly soaring rhetoric, and that’s probably okay.
Related news – wow, that’s a lot of teargas.
UPDATE: oh, goody – cars burning, teargas in the air.
UPDATE: a very winded sounding Jake Tapper is reporting bricks being thrown, looting, cars overturned.
UPDATE: reporters are getting to your guest. So at least there’s some good news.
UPDATE: Van Jones assures us of the vast majority of the crowd is peaceful – but there is apparently quite a bit of teargas. And that’s where the media are, naturally.
UPDATE: Don Lemon apparently needed to pay attention during gas mask training. He tried to don his mask, but was overcome.
UPDATE: I don’t know what makes for worse television – Don Lemon gagging on tear gas, or Don Lemon psychoanalyzing the crowd.
UPDATE: i’m not going to say that there’s no justification for black anger with a white police department – but if I hear Don lemon rationalize the crowds violence anymore, I’m a grab a teargas lunch for myself.
UPDATE: cNN’s Chris Cuomo needs to shut up and put a gas mask on.
UPDATE: Jake Tapper is on the scene of extended vandalism and looting.
UPDATE: Cuomo is reporting handgun fire in response to teargas launchers.
UPDATE: producing live spot news broadcast is difficult. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. But I get the impression that the wheels are coming off cNN’s production the moment.
UPDATE: numerous reports of protesters firing handguns at the police. This is incredibly ominous – in the entire history of American protest, that has been extremely, extremely rare, especially in a nation that is as relatively heavily armed as the United States is.