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Quote of the Day:

“There is going to be some negative reaction and it’ll make for good TV.”

President Obama on Ferguson.

Quote of the Day II:

“There are more foreign journalists than black journalists at the Ferguson press conf.  Also, the white foreign journalists are snippier. Black journalist asks perfectly reasonable question, not ridiculous accusations.”

— conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

CNN correspondent wades through tense Ferguson aftermath

“CNN’s @StephanieElam reporting people are throwing things at her and threatening her for reporting looting.” — CNN’s Katie Hinman, producer for “The Lead.”

The Media Critic 

“Hey @CNN. You guys aren’t capturing the burning buildings, shots fired at police & looting going on. Ferguson is on fire. C’mon guys.” — Tara Setmayer, contributor to TheBlazeTV and Capitol Hill communications director.

Chris Hayes’ jaw alert mid-announcement

“My jaw’s on the floor. This is really something.”

Chris Hayes’ post Ferguson announcement 

“Just watched @chrislhayes dodging gunfire in Ferguson. this is so scary.” — BuzzFeed‘s Tracy Clayton.

Um, seriously…defecate? 

“Some black conservatives will take any opportunity to defecate on black america, because it raises their stature w con mainstream.” — Media Matters research fellow Olivier Willis.

Humblebrag that could incite emotional upheaval 

“How did I know there would be #NoIndictment in #Ferguson DAYS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE. I called cops and developed sources. Imagine that.” — GotNewsCharles C. Johnson. “Dear other reporters, Don’t turn cops into the enemy. Treat them like human beings and you too can break stories again. #Ferguson.”

The Observer

“Grand Jury announcement is set for 9PM EST. Prime time. You’d almost think announcement time was scheduled by the networks.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro.

The Observer II

“Darren Wilson will not be prosecuted but somehow Michael Brown is being prosecuted right now.” — BuzzFeed‘s Tracy Clayton. “Unless I have some lil mixed kids who are light enough to pass, I dont know how not to worry about stuff like this for my own future kids.”

The Observer III

“Such a weird week between this grand jury decision, the Cosby saga and real questions about what the media’s role is in the world.” — Lexi Mainland, NYT editor, Interactive News desk.

Ferguson Fallout

“The grand jurors gave up their lives?! Seems to me that only one person truly gave up a life here. Calm down the language, sir…” — NYT‘s Charles Blow.

“Video of crowd in Ferguson trying to turn over a police car playing while President Obama speaks on MSNBC. Sigh.” — NPR’s Eric Deggans.

“This from @CNN reporter in #Ferguson: ‘Obviously there is the smell of marijuana in the air.'” — USA Today Congress and Politics editor Paul Singer.

“Oh man Obama. Not ready to hear this.” — The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates.

“NO INDICTMENT. Darren Wilson walks. Damn. #Ferguson” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

“At least in the Trayvon Martin case there was a prosecutor who was seemingly wanted a conviction Who was advocating for Michael Brown?” — Judd Legum, editor-in-chief, ThinkProgress.

“Apropos of nothing, I’d like to see Marco Rubio give a speech this long with one water bottle.” — Philly-based writer Brian Hickey.

“Evidence, individual lives and bad decisions don’t matter. All that matters is the narrative: America is racist. Police are racist.” — Truth Revolt‘s Ben Shapiro.

“What McCulloch is describing procedurally is so far removed from normal criminal procedure it’s unrecognizable.” — MSNBC’s resident legal expert (yes, I’m joking) Chris Hayes.

“Final question from ‘the press’: will you rest well tonight, sir?” — National Review editor Rich Lowry. And this, later: “Nothing says social justice like stealing from an auto parts store.” 

“Reporters throwing softballs at McCulloch right now.” — HuffPost’s Jason Cherkis.

“I could never be a good protestor. It’s 10:20 pm. Sorry, my warm bed is calling, perhaps a lil’ Netflix, and some cozy socks.” — NationalReviewOnline columnist AJ Delgado.

“Congressional Black Caucus chair Marcia Fudge says lack of indictment in Michael Brown’s death is a ‘miscarriage of justice.'” — Politico‘s Seung Min Kim.

“I just saw a kid smash a store window with a rock. #Ferguson.” — Breitbart NewsKerry Picket.

“Prosecutor is eating the butthurt media’s lunch. Easy to do when truth & facts are on your side.” — Breitbart NewsJohn Nolte.

“Dangerous as hell to be anywhere near a police force that just got the green light to be as violent as they feel like.” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins.

“I am no expert on this, but I’m not sure this is how you prevent a riot. #Ferguson.” — Mother Jones editor-in-chief David Corn.

“Did I miss? He said jury found no crime, no bullets in back, & evidence contradictory; but hasn’t positively said shooting was justified.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

Two ways of observing the same Obama speech

  • “President Obama does not rule out going to Ferguson. First, the President says lets see what happens.” — American Urban Radio White House correspondent April Ryan.
  • “Obama dodges question on whether or not he’ll visit Ferguson after things calm down.” — TheBlaze‘s Oliver Darcy.

Understatement of the night… “Situation in #Ferguson is not looking so peaceful. This could be a very long night.” — MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman.

Corn critical of Obama

“I’m not sure Obama achieved anything with that statement. What do you think? #Ferguson.” — MJ’s David Corn. 

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Horrible but funny

Film Ladd: “‘Maybe he should bite its penis off.’ RT @KatMcKinley: Don Lemon puts on his tear gas mask and it doesn’t work, he’s coughing.”

Meanwhile… the world’s most famous White House intern Monica Lewinksy will not change her name. Here’s why.

Blogger refuses to use Rachael Ray dishes 

“I need cute holiday serveware and I like Rachel Ray’s but I refuse to buy it because it’s called the ‘Holiday Hoot.'” — Emily Zanotti, American Spectator blogger.


“Most irresponsible comment heard today: ‘OJ, a black man, got off, and now Wilson, a white man, will.'” — Paul Brandus, a.k.a. West Wing Reports.