In one example, CNN reporter Sara Sidner was hit in the head with a rock while broadcasting outside of a burning building on West Florissant avenue.
“Mainstream” reporters pelted with rocks and trash
Members of the establishment media did not fare well in Ferguson, Missouri Monday night as rioters targeted reporters with a multitude of items.
“Sorry, I just got hit by a rock,” Sidner said. “I’m OK, I’m OK, I’ve been hit by much worse in my day.”
Stephanie Elam, another reporter with CNN, was struck as well despite being surrounded by two security guards.
“People are throwing stuff at me right now,” said Elam. “It’s that kind of scene.”
Elam was eventually pulled away by her bodyguard as the situation continued to deteriorate.
Rioters also knocked down the camera of Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan as he reported on the looting of a liquor store.
“Hey man, f*ck you!” the unknown assailant said as he knocked the camera to the ground.
Interestingly, members of the alternative media, who ran towards gunshots as so-called mainstream reporters fled, were mostly left alone.
The apparent disdain for reporters has been seen since the protests first began.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was pelted with rocks and forced off camera last August as protesters accused the media outlet of lying.
Although the offensive violence should absolutely be shunned, the attacks are not entirely surprising given the coverage seen by such outlets.
CNN reporters, so used to repeating government talking points without question, denied that tear gas was being used last August despite multiple people clearly being affected by the gas. CNN instead waited until police finally confirmed the use of the chemical agent to alert their dwindling audience.
The targeting of these reporters may very well be a visual representation of their failing credibility, most easily noted in their plummeting ratings.