Brooklyn Center Demonstrator Rips Into Media Twisting Up Protests Live on CNN

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

In no uncertain terms, protesters on Monday night let cable news reporters know how they felt after Daunte Wrights deathand how they felt the media was making it worse.

Justin Baragona

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With the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center gripped by fiery protests for a second night in a row following the police killing of a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, angry protesters let cable news reporters know in no uncertain terms how they felt on Monday night.

In a remarkable exchange, one local demonstrator angrily told CNN correspondent Sara Sidner that the medias presence in the town was making things worse, accusing the press of doing extra shit to make people look crazier during the protests over Daunte Wrights killing.

Reporting that police had just shot a large amount of tear gas into a large crowd of demonstrators that defied curfew, Sidner was suddenly confronted by the protester, who objected to her presence there.

You all be twisting up the story, the man said as he passed Sidner during a live shot.

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Do you want to talk to me? Dont take my mic, she replied as the man reached out for her microphone. Were cool. Whats your name?

Whats my name? My name is my name, he curtly replied.

Asked to give his thoughts about the current state of events, the man said that all the press and all the extra shit you all do is make this worse, prompting the CNN reporter to wonder aloud if he believes that to be true.

What I think about this is all the press and all the extra shit yall do makes this worse, he shouted back. You get what the fuck Im saying?!

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Sidner eventually said she wanted the man to be careful, to which he replied: Do I look like Im scared?! You all need to get up out of here twisting up the media and shit!

At one point, Sidner told the man they were going to know each other, offering to give him her phone number so they could talk at a later time.

Talk about something thats real, he said, adding: You all just going to edit out the shit and then yall gonna edit out some other shit!

Were live! Sidner exclaimed.

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Youre not fucking live, he responded, leading Sidner to reiterate that they were filming live on CNN.

Then get away from here with all that media shit youre doing, the man shouted. Take that camera all the way up there. You all doing all the extra shit to make people look crazier than what they are!

That wasnt the only tense confrontation between demonstrators and on-the-ground reporters. During his live dispatch near a Dollar Tree store that had been repeatedly looted, MSNBCs Ron Allen found himself in the middle of a group of angry protesters.

After spending several minutes speaking with demonstrators, some of whom were visibly upset and told the MSNBC crew to get the fuck out, Allen appeared to be ready to throw the broadcast back to anchor Rachel Maddow.

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Rachel, all right, you heard all that. Some of it rational and obviously some of it very angry and passionate, Allen said. But the bottom line is that the people are out here in the street, theyre not going anywhere.

At that point, one young Black man came up behind Allen and started yelling fuck the police, prompting the MSNBC reporter to pull him aside to talk on camera.

Easy. Easy. Hey, what do you want to see happen? Allen asked the protester.

What do I want to see happen? the young man said as he tried to grab Allens microphone. I want these bitch-ass n---ers to stop killing innocent Black people!

As the protester continued to shout, Maddow jumped in to cut the exchange short and forestall further profanity.

Were going to cut in because we have a responsibility in terms of the language and Im sorry to have to cut in on you there, Ron, but theres certain things we can broadcast and certain things that we cant, Maddow informed her viewers.

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