#Ferguson: Sunday Pundits talk “Fallout”
#Ferguson: Sunday Pundits talk “Fallout”
Today the Sunday Pundits will be talking about how the nation and world watched on November 24, 2104 as Robert McCulloch, the St Louis prosecuting attorney announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s death. The calm before the storm lasted approximately 5 minutes, and then all hell broke loose.
It didn’t matter that one part of the family asked for calm and for “peaceful” protests. It didn’t matter that the President spoke to the nation a few minutes after the decision as Ferguson started to go up in flames. The protestors, the criminal protestors didn’t care. They were all about destroying property, and they did so. In spades.
There was a slight, very slight break in all this havoc for Thanksgiving Day. Yet tensions remained high, and Michael Brown’s family themselves fueled the fire with their ‘empty chair at the table’ shtick. The fallout has been so pervasive that this mornings Sunday talk shows will be focusing primarily on #Ferguson. According to Martin Matishak ofThe Hill:
Attorneys for Brown’s family will appear on “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday.” Fox will also interview the lawyer for Darren Wilson, who killed the unarmed African-American teenager in August.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), a close ally of the Obama administration and the country’s only black state executive, will go on “Meet the Press.” Meanwhile, St. Louis alderman Antonio French will speak to “This Week.”
Several current and former law enforcement officials are slated to give their opinions on the latest developments in Ferguson, Mo., which has sparked violent protests in major cities across the country.
What will they talk about I wonder? Will Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tell the viewers of Meet The Press how appalled she is that over 18 businesses in Ferguson were burned to the ground? Will she tell the viewers that what the criminal protestors did to shut down the Lincoln Tunnel was wrong? Please don’t hold your breath, you’ll pass out from lack of oxygen.
Will St. Louis Alderman Antonio French use his time on ABC’s This Week to ask for the protests at the Brentwood Target and the St. Louis Galleria to stop their destructive behavior and start helping the community to rebuild instead of continuing to destroy it? Will the Brown family attorney, Benjamin Crump, during his appearance on Face The Nation, do his best to help the family backpedal from Brown’s stepfather screaming “burn this B*** down!” the night the decision was announced? I doubt it.
Will any of them have the fortitude to state unequivocally during their time on those shows that protestors who block tunnels in New York, and California, and Boston were wrong and should be stopped? Will they castigate the protestors who brought 7 year olds to tears in Seattle on Friday?
— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) November 29, 2014
As John Hindraker at Powerline stated:
These people adopt a pose of moral superiority, but in reality they’re just jerks. They should be hung good and tight around the necks of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and any other politicians who have endorsed their activities, more or less explicitly.
I agree. We can’t count on them nor Ifill, Crump, or even French to have the decency to go to bat for those children and their families. Nor will they have the ability to see the situation from anyone else’s point of view, such as that of Officer Darren Wilson. In fact Officer Darren Wilson through his attorney Neil Bruntrager, on Saturday, announced his resignation from the Ferguson Police Department. His statement reads:
“I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process.”
You know, I can’t blame him one bit. A chosen career has been driven into the mud, because of the actions of others. Yet, in spite of it all, Darren Wilson is looking out for others, while the protestors aren’t. In fact, very few people want to take the time to review the evidence, and quite a few could care less as the facts/reality of this case will never fit the narrative they’ve done their best to perpetuate. Therein lies the fallout.
For all those pundits and talking head on the Sunday talk shows, to all those pundits who make a practice of pontificating without taking even a minute to understand the reality of the situation; some of this horrendous destructive fallout rests on you. The “Fallout” of this situation is this:
The destructive behavior of those who are “protesting’ after the decision of the grand jury are so wrong headed its not funny. To them, it doesn’t matter. They were and are using the decision of the grand jury to protest no matter what. There is NO excuse, in fact there is ZERO excuse for the protestors destroying property, impeding medical professionals from getting to their jobs, and bringing kids to tears. The horrendously destructive, horrifying and wrong actions of the protestors should be stopped and stopped NOW.
Every pundit on every Sunday morning talk show should be calling for the protests and the destruction to stop. They should praise the businesses, citizens and groups that are hard at work to repair the damage caused by selfish criminal protestors. The “pundits” and those who represent Michael Brown’s family should call for those who perpetuate the hatred and destruction to be held accountable for their actions. That is the “fallout” that the Sunday pundits should be seeking.