ColorofChange: Media Have Contributed to Deadly Climate

Advisory About How Media Should Cover Ferguson Jury Announcement
Original: is taking the media to task in advance for coverage of the Ferguson grand jury decision, saying the media has contributed to a hostile climate that has led to the death of Michael Brown and others. Brown was the unarmed teen shot by a Ferguson, Mo., policeman.

In an email to reporters Monday, the civil rights group said it was calling for "fair and honest" media coverage, which it suggested African Americans had not been getting.

"Recognition of the dangers posed by a hostile media climate for Black people is crucial at this very important juncture in our nation’s history," the email said.

It suggested that the Ferguson protestors were only exercising their constitutional rights and that the media should help protect those, "rather than contribute to a racist drumbeat against them."

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