The Media Came to Town

Friday, August 22, 2014


Following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, national and global media has engulfed the town of 20,000 people. Brooke talks with Sarah Kendzior, a journalist and St. Louis resident, about how the tidal wave of media coverage is impacting locals. 


Sarah Kendzior

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [6]

ross mann from the interwebs

great interview, brooke, this reporter really gave some local and insightful perspective an analysis of what is happening and has been happening there.

note to amy goodman, hire this woman!

Aug. 26 2014 12:48 PM
this too shall pass from Kirkwood / Saint Louis

I just listened to your OTM interview. I am a lifelong Saint Louisan and did NOT recognize the city you described. I know you have a point of view and wanted to create a particular impression on the listener, but it was irresponsible of you to extrapolate from individual pockets of poverty, crime and derelict housing stock in ONE geographic area (North City and adjacent municipalities of North County) to make general, sweeping statements about all of Saint Louis. Let's not make the situation worse for everyone here by painting with too broad a brush, please.

Aug. 24 2014 06:38 PM
Helen Capdevielle from Geneva IL

As a former resident of Ferguson MO, I appreciate the comments of Sarah Kendzior's on OTM - she had it correctly and thoroughly. Her perspective as a local both insightful and knowledgable. Better than CNN and MSNBC. Thank you

Aug. 24 2014 03:13 PM
Spanish Fly

Fake Protesters in Ferguson, caught? -Spread the Word- Make your own decisions based on what you see.

Aug. 24 2014 09:48 AM
Joanna Bujes

A very puzzling interview:

1) SK's suggestion that media coverage is an inconvenience to the locals. Why? Media coverage draws attention to police behavior which is a good thing since otherwise it would be open season on local brown people.

2)SK's accusation that outsiders are only interested in this to turn it into riot porn. Why cast that light on it? Is solidarity not a possibility?

3) We should leave it to the locals to resolve this in "productive ways"...and what would those be?

4) SK said NOTHING about life in Ferguson. NOTHING about the fact that there's a warrant out for every adult in Ferguson. NOTHING about the fact that the poor people of Ferguson are subsidizing a police force whose main reason for existence is to extort money from Ferguson to pay for their own salary...and tanks.

5) Finally, the insistence that this is a local matter best handled by locals obscures the fact that racial profiling and arbitrary police violence against people of color are universal in the US. It obscures the fact that the KKK is redundant in this country because lynching has been institutionalized. There is the slow lynching of the school to prison pipeline and the quick lynching instant death meeted to the unfortunate brown man who reaches for his wallet at the wrong time, who jailwalks, who "resists arrest," or whose house is wrongfully targeted in some SWAT team action.

All in all a very strange interview.

Aug. 23 2014 10:42 PM
France from New York City

Sarah Kendzior's comments offer an insightful view of this city and its long term prospects. I am a fan of local media because it is the folks who actually live in the community who can provide an accurate and not sensational description for the rest of the world.
Thank you for this segment!

Aug. 23 2014 07:39 AM

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