MSNBC Contributor Calls Out Media For Not Covering Obama’s Initiatives In Wake Of Ferguson

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During Monday morning’s episode of Morning Joe, MSNBC contributor Dorian Warren called out the media for not giving proper coverage or discussion over the initiatives laid out by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in the wake of high-profile killings by police, specifically Michael Brown in Ferguson. Warren’s condemnation of the media came during a discussion of poll numbers showing a plurality of Americans who say they are dissatisfied with the way POTUS has handled the Ferguson situation.

Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough showed clips from two separate interviews where Obama and former President George W. Bush discussed race within the context of recent grand jury decisions involving Brown and Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who was choked to death by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo. They then showed the results of two recent polls. A Marist poll showed that 46% of Americans disapprove of the way the President has handled Ferguson. Meanwhile, a Bloomberg poll shows 53% of Americans feel race relations have gotten worse under President Obama.

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Scarborough and Brzezinski wanted to know why a plurality of adults would disapprove of the way Obama has dealt with Ferguson and what more do they want him to do. Warren then pointed a finger directly at the media (and, likely, at Mika and Joe) for the way they’ve ignored the steps Obama and Holder have taken in recent days to address the militarization of law enforcement as well as holding police officers more accountable. Per Warren, the mainstream media largely ignored those stories, along with other statements Obama has made in the past, therefore making it seem as if the President has been very hands off and distant with Ferguson.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:

 

 

Thankfully, someone called out their bosses for not properly reporting the news. Also, this was far different than when Scarborough threw his hissy fit after the St. Louis Rams players used the ‘Hands up’ gesture prior to last Sunday’s game. Joe tried to call out the media as well during his tirade. However, he called them out because he felt they weren’t reporting the way he wanted news to be reported. Essentially, Scarborough was angry that anyone thought Darren Wilson was guilty of a crime when he shot and killed Brown, and he specifically wanted black people to know Brown did not have his hands up when Wilson killed him (despite numerous witnesses saying he did.)

In Warren’s case, he is admonishing the news media for not doing their real job, which is to report the actual news that is happening. If a president or AG launches initiatives or signs executive orders and announces that changes are being made in racial profiling, it is normally a good idea to report those stories. Instead, we just get endless debate and a bunch of people going out of their way to further demonize the first black president and make him the scapegoat for anything and everything, especially when it comes to racially divisive topics that perhaps can bring more viewers to particular news channels.

6 Replies to “MSNBC Contributor Calls Out Media For Not Covering Obama’s Initiatives In Wake Of Ferguson”

  1. Thanks for this post. It’s about time somebody called out the media on their misleading reporting of the news. It’s just as much hate toward President Obama as toward Black men in general in the US. The media colors the scenario to fit their spin conveniently.

  2. And what is with the photos of Joe and Mika posing in scenes ariound New York? And now Joe is performing with his garage band. The show has become a tribute to a red neck former Congressman from nothern Florida. Morning Joe adds nothing to the national dialogue. What is the point of the show?

  3. Call it what it is APARTHAID, and much worse that it ever was in South Africa.
    When such a huge number of minorities inhabit the for profit jails.
    When the unemployment rate for brown and black men are huge.
    When brutality treatment to the minority young men, just because they have hoodies.
    When death by police intervention is on the daily news and goes on.
    We need Mandela’s wife to come and organize the resistance

  4. He’s absolutely, 100% correct. You don’t hear these things in the regular news media. They “touch” on it here and there, but they never actually discuss it.

    That said, given that this is MSNBC, he’ll probably be an EX-MSNBC contributor soon.

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