August 14, 2014
** New Update **
Okay, you have my apologies for jumping the gun on this. I underestimated how misleading every bit of this initial reporting was.
I assumed the shooting itself would turn out to be justified, and it seems to be heading that way. And I assumed the two reporters who were jailed and soon released were victims of by a simple misunderstanding. And I assumed the SWAT team was protecting the Al Jazeera camera equipment and not “stealing” it.
But I let my skepticism slip when I saw the tear gas allegedly fired by the SWAT guys at the reporters. I still don’t know where the tear gas came from, but given all the wrong reporting so far, I no longer assume it was intentional.
I still think the police needed to be replaced, at least temporarily, to keep the boiling pot under control, and apparently the governor did just that. But I see now that the enemy in this story was the media (including social media) all along.
Oh, and me. I’m part of the problem this time.
Damn it. I hate when that happens. Thanks for pushing me back on track.
This isn’t an excuse, but seeing images of guys in military-like gear tear-gassing news crews turned off my critical faculties for a day. My B.S. filter should have caught that from the start.
This is a good lesson. Pictures lie.
What follows is my wrongness from yesterday. You should ignore it.
**Update at bottom.**