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What Made This Journalist Quit His Assignment In Ferguson?

You know it’s bad when a reporter working for Al Jazeera has to quit an assignment because his media colleagues have been behaving in an appalling manner.

That’s exactly what happened however, with photojournalist Ryan Schuessler, who says media behavior in covering the Ferguson story has been a “circus.”

Watch the report below …


A photojournalist who has been covering the protests in Ferguson said he no longer wants to cover the story because he said he is appalled by the behavior of other media.

Ryan Schuessler is a freelance photojournalist who has worked for a variety of outlets. He said he is covering Ferguson for Al-Jazeera. He said he came Monday morning because the news outlet called him because stores were looted the previous night.

“I feel like I’m another part of this large media circus that has consumed [these] three blocks,” said Schuessler.

Schuessler made his intentions to abandon the story clear in a blog post, where he cites a number of reasons that his fellow media members have been “appalling.”

From the blog:

I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.

Schuessler cited such incidents as:  Reporters yelling at residents to get out of the way, community leaders being yelled at by reporters for actually speaking with residents rather than into microphones, joking around at the spot where Mike Brown had been shot, focusing on police action rather than the depth of the case, etc.

Schuessler even mentioned a reporter who came to Ferguson and used the race riots, protests and the shooting of Mike Brown as a “networking opportunity.”

Schuessler closed his post saying, “We should all be ashamed…”



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  3. Bonnie says:

    He’s right about the behavior of the yellow journalists, but he is speaking out from his “lofty hill) of working fo Aljazeera? The Network of the Terrorists, sold to them by Al Gore???No one with any sense watches that channel anyway..so his “quitting his assignment” won’t be noticed or missed.

  4. Barbara says:

    Can’t say as I blame him. My ex was a Film Photographer for a local news station here and I went on several jobs to assist him with equip. That was back in the 80’s. Things today are NUTS! I totally empathize with him.

  5. Dexter says:

    Honest reporters are few and far between!

  6. John says:

    probably couldn’t duck all the spears.

  7. Elaine says:

    That puts reporters right where they should be. At the top of the list for POPULATION CONTROL.

  8. Mike says:

    It’s the Liberal News Media that is creating this frenzy and protests. As long as the news media keeps the camera’s rolling the protests will not stop. Ignore them and they will go away.