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.”
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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.”
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…”