Al Jazeera Contributor Leaves Ferguson over Media Coverage: ‘We Should All Be Ashamed’

Ryan Schuessler, a self-identified freelance journalist, wrote a post on his personal blog Thursday shaming the news media’s behavior while they cover the events unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.

Schuessler wrote that he had been to Ferguson representing Al Jazeera America but would not be returning.

“We should all be ashamed, and I cannot do it anymore,” Schuessler wrote in his post, flagged by The Daily Caller‘s Betsy Rothstein.

He listed some particularly negative observations about his time in Ferguson:

-Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras
-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents
-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned

Schuessler said his impression of journalists in Ferguson, currently rocked by the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, was that many saw it as a career opportunity.

“In the early days of all this, I was warmly greeted and approached by Ferguson residents. They were glad that journalists were there,” he wrote. “The past two days, they do not even look at me and blatantly ignore me. I recognize that I am now just another journalist to them, and their frustration with us is clear.”

Full post here.

[Image via Twitter @RyanSchuessler1]

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