Starnes Attacks Arrested Journalists

Todd Starnes, Fox News’ National Fake Martyrdom Correspondent, pretends to be a journalist. But he isn’t willing to pretend that other journalists have anything like press freedom and he’s an enthusiastic fan of the police arresting those journalists, even if he has to lie to do it.

For his part, Starnes reserved most of his disdain for the media outlets that are on the scene covering the unrest, accusing them of essentially trying to produce a “reality television show” in which they “act like they are in some sort of a war-torn country – they’re in Ferguson, Missouri for crying out loud!”

“One of the things that really irritated me,” he continued, is “everybody’s attacking the police. The media, they’re not even attempting to hide their disdain for law enforcement,” which infuriates Starnes since the local authorities are simply trying to protect the journalists from violent protestors.

“Hey MSNBC, the reason that they don’t want you standing in the middle of the street is because you’re going to get hit by a brick, you moron!”

Given this attitude, it came is no surprise that Starnes was particularly unsympathetic to journalists who have been detained by the police.

“Everybody’s getting arrested, Alice,” he said, sarcastically. “Everybody’s getting arrested. And what really amazes me is that these people are still able to tweet with their hand behind their backs in handcuffs. There’s a difference between being detained and being asked to see your credentials and being thrown into jail and having a mugshot taken and your fingerprints. That hasn’t happened. That hasn’t happened.”

It hasn’t? How about the two reporters taken out of a McDonald’s in handcuffs where they were using the Wifi to file their stories? Was that done to protect them? I think Fox News should send Starnes to Ferguson. I’m sure he can think of some way to make up a fake story about how the real victims in Ferguson are right-wing Christians.

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  • colnago80

    Well, the Fascist News Channel has been pedaling the claim that the teen who was shot by the police officer was beating the shit out of the officer prior to being shot 6 times. An anonymous source for this info of course.

  • Loqi

    This makes me think of an angsty teen lashing out at other students for being showoffs because they actually do their homework.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Obama should’ve dressed Obamacare in SWAT uniforms.

  • magistramarla

    This explains why all the rwnjs in my local paper keep saying that if the liberal main stream media would just leave Ferguson, everything would settle down and be fine. In other words, the authorities could threaten and kill people until they are back in charge again without being exposed for doing so.

  • zmidponk

    For his part, Starnes reserved most of his disdain for the media outlets that are on the scene covering the unrest, accusing them of essentially trying to produce a “reality television show” in which they “act like they are in some sort of a war-torn country – they’re in Ferguson, Missouri for crying out loud!”

    Way to miss the point – that is EXACTLY the issue. The scenes in Ferguson, Missouri are becoming like something from a war-torn country, and, if anything, the actions of the police there are making things worse, not better. That is the story that those journalists are there to cover – when they’re not too busy being arrested…oops, sorry, I mean ‘detained for their own protection’, that is.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This explains why all the rwnjs in my local paper keep saying that if the liberal main stream media would just leave Ferguson, everything would settle down and be fine.

    Deep philosophical question there: “If a n____r falls in the street and no-one reports it, is there a problem?”

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    This explains why all the rwnjs in my local paper keep saying that if the liberal main stream media would just leave Ferguson, everything would settle down and be fine. In other words, the authorities could threaten and kill people until they are back in charge again without being exposed for doing so.

    This reminds me of something a former acquaintance* once said regarding the Civil Rights Movement. His biggest problem with it was that it happened during a time where film and photography could be easily be used to document it, including people regularly getting attacked by police with water hoses and dogs. He claimed to believe that if only “certain people”** couldn’t so readily present evidence all of the oppressive abuse heaped on them as they fought for their rights then all the racial issues would instantly disappear and everything would be just hunky-dory.

    * Care to guess why he’s a former acquaintance?

    ** His usual term for non-whites.

  • dugglebogey

    This is like having a cop take up residence in your living room and saying he’s only there for your protection.

    If the journalists had asked the cops for protection, then maybe they would have some sort of an argument. But the journalists knew the risks they were taking and chose to take them. It’s not the cops jobs to protect them if they don’t request it.

    Of course the journalists were antagonistic towards the police, the police were actively trying to prevent them from doing their jobs. How should they act? The police work for the citizens, not the other way around.

    I hope someday a cop sticks his nightstick up Starnes’ ass and then lets see if he has a problem with how officers are doing their jobs, since they are only trying to protect him.

  • http://omegamom.com OmegaMom

    (1) There were protests and cops teargassing them before the media got there…that’s what woke the national media up.

    (2) his theory, of course, explains why there are plenty of videos of cops threatening journalists, up to targeting them for teargas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and in a bunch of cases, pointing guns at them and threatening to shoot.

    I’m sure he’s in favor of the cops raiding the church that was supporting protestors who have been gassed. They were just “protecting” the church folk from the nasty rioters, right?

  • wilsim

    ” … where they were using the Wifi to file their stories”

    I just want to comment this is one damn good reason why journalists (or anyone, really) with a(n) (android) smartphone should root that bugger and get a hotspot mod or if that is too complicated then simply pay the carrier for the service (which one’s smartphone is capable of doing anyway) to be “unlocked”.

    This way one can file one’s stories from wherever one’s location is as long as one has a wireless data connection of any sort. At the least if enough journalists do this then there would be no need to gather at any one location and be so easily rounded up and simultaneously have one’s first amendment rights violated.

    _____

    Has fox news ever been on the side of, y’know, the actual constitution and bill of rights? It seems to me that ever since the early 2000s that fox has been consistently and egregiously wrong on every social justice issue of note.