What Joe Scarborough does is no different from what I do as a blogger, or what your Uncle Fred does when he sits on a bar stool and bloviates. It is opinion, and sometimes it hits the mark. Sometimes it doesn’t.
But bloggers at least make the occasional effort to dig into an important story, and that’s how you tell the difference between us and Morning Joe.
Wesley Lowery has been on the streets of Ferguson since Monday, talking to the people of the community. He’s also been teargassed, been shot at with rubber bullets and yes, arrested. As opposed to Joe Scarborough, whose field investigations require him to dress up like G.I. Joe and take a perfectly safe boat ride with the governor of Texas.
Here’s Lowery’s account of his arrest:
An officer with a large weapon came up to me and said, “Stop recording.”
I said, “Officer, do I not have the right to record you?”
He backed off but told me to hurry up. So I gathered my notebook and pens with one hand while recording him with the other hand.
As I exited, I saw Ryan to my left, having a similar argument with two officers. I recorded him, too, and that angered the officer. As I made my way toward the door, the officers gave me conflicting information.
One instructed me to exit to my left. As I turned left, another officer emerged, blocking my path.
“Go another way,” he said.
As I turned, my backpack, which was slung over one shoulder, began to slip. I said, “Officers, let me just gather my bag.” As I did, one of them said, “Okay, let’s take him.”
Multiple officers grabbed me. I tried to turn my back to them to assist them in arresting me. I dropped the things from my hands.
“My hands are behind my back,” I said. “I’m not resisting. I’m not resisting.” At which point one officer said: “You’re resisting. Stop resisting.”
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