This takes the Ferguson cake. Buried inside a catch-up story by the LA Times, who are missing out on the Mike Brown shooting scoops, is a trail that leads to the Feds providing details of the investigation to an editor of The Saint Louis American, Chris King. The Saint Louis American is African American News-Media. (Similar to The Grio)
King refuses to use the sourced information (about the factual evidence in the case) because his audience is black and the evidence does not support Mike Brown. In essence he feared the audience backlash, ie. “coward”.
Chris King is white, his wife black and his audience primarily African American. Obviously the investigation details he was privy to (a month ago) all support Officer Darren Wilson and therefore would not please his audience. You might also enjoy reading his twitter feed since he’s been called out. He is redefining what it means to be obtuse with denials and avoidance.
Secondly, note how the “Federal Sources” for the LA Times are “unnamed”; despite the fact they claim to be quoting a “spokeswoman” they don’t provide a name as such. That’s because this supposed anxiety from the feds is faux-outrage. The feds, or more specifically the DOJ/CRS are the ones providing the leaks. Also important, notice too the example they use for what upsets them. It is not the current leaks and releases, but rather the previous release of the Ferguson Liquor Mart CCTV from Ferguson PD.
“Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as effort to influence opinion”
(LA Times) With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks..
New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death — all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day — have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days.
The U.S. Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”
The details and news reports say that Brown struggled with Wilson in his patrol car and that Wilson’s gun went off in the car before a brief foot chase ensued.
[…] Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Brown’s family, said he was not surprised by the autopsy report’s details.
“Several independent witnesses indicated there was a brief altercation between Michael Brown and Officer Wilson at the patrol car,” Crump said in a statement. “What we want to know is why Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown multiple times and killed him even though he was more than 20 feet away from his patrol car; this is the crux of the matter!”
But other activists and St. Louis-area officials saw the leaks as the crux of the matter, deriding news outlets for reporting the leaked information and investigative officials for leaking it.
[…] A Justice Department spokeswoman responded in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”
The reference to the convenience-store footage alluded to a video released by Ferguson police on the same day they disclosed Wilson’s identity. The video showed Brown apparently intimidating a store clerk shortly before the shooting.
Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American, a newspaper for black audiences, said law enforcement officials had offered him the leaks, saying “they had been briefed on the evidence and it didn’t look good for Michael Brown supporters,” but he declined and decried “third-party hearsay” in an editorial for the paper.
“Tensions are so high that preparations for riots, if Wilson walks free, are discussed in sober terms in local and national media and on street corners,” the American said in its editorial. “The editors of these powerful publications have shown a lapse in judgment and ethics that is not only shameful, but actually dangerous. We declare a mistrial in the court of public opinion.” (read more)
Then along comes the poker “tell” for a very specific type of liberal progressive: