Yesterday, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly from Huffington Post were arrested at a Ferguson, Mo. McDonald’s when armed officers entered and started asking them for IDs even though they were wearing press lanyards. When Wesley and Ryan asked why, they got this response:
They didn’t press the point, but one added that if we called 911, no one would answer.
From there, Lowery and Reilly were arrested after they filmed the cops just up and deciding to clear out all the reporters. The two were hauled off to the police station where they were eventually released with no paperwork or reason for their arrest. It’s the type of government overreach/police state that Republicans are always screaming about except this one’s aimed at black people, so why isn’t Obama handing out presidential commendations? Which brings us to Joe Scarborough, sitting comfortably in his New York studio, who thinks Lowery and Reilly just wanted attention and should’ve bent right over for the police. Via Mediaite:
“I’ve been in places where police officers have said, “You know what, this is cordoned off, you guys need to move along.” And you know what I do? I go, “Yes, sir,” or “Yes, ma’am.” I don’t sit there and have the debate and film the police officer, unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.
“I am sure I am just the worst person in the world for saying this,” he added.
Yup, you are. And here’s Wesley Lowery firing right back at you. Via Politico:
“Well I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting sipping his Starbucks smugly. I invite him to come down here and talk to residents of Ferguson where I have been Monday afternoon having tear gas shot at me, rubber bullets shot at me, having mothers, daughter, a 19-year-old boy, crying, running to pull his 21-year-old sister out from a cloud of tear gas thinking she would die,” Lowery said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I would invite Joe Scarborough down here to do some reporting on the ground, and then maybe we can have an educated conversation about what’s happening down here.”
In response, Joe Scarborough diligently retweeted Morning Joe tweets about how he thinks the Ferguson police shouldn’t look like Ukrainian paramilitary guards [Update: And now he wants to know why the cops aren’t wearing cameras. Bravery! After the fact.], so see? He’s one of the good guys (but only on Twitter) you primadonna pussies bitching about tear gas and rubber bullets. Man up – with a delicious Pike Place Roast!