Jake Tapper Defends Media Coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson

Jake Tapper ended today’s The Lead responding to critics saying the media has devoted too much coverage to Michael Brown and not nearly enough to inner-city violence and black-on-black crime. Plenty of reporters and anchors have been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few weeks, and there has been quite a lot of coverage.

Tapper acknowledged criticism that the media glosses over violence in places like Chicago, as well as the shooting of Dillon Taylor, a young white man whose death has similarly inspired protests calling for justice. And that’s not to mention the execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists.

Tapper argued that Ferguson is getting so much attention because of the outpouring of reactions from the community and national leaders.

“What critics sometimes fail to see, often because of media flaws, is that we’re trying to cover a people, including their––your reactions and your greater context. And that is why Brown and all that he meant, all that he means, has merited so much of our attention.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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