August 18, 2014

Jake Tapper's eyes were opened wide tonight as he had a look at the scene we've been seeing for days in Ferguson.

Here's the transcript, thanks to Heather:

I want to show you this Don. I just want to show you this. Let me just give you an idea of what's going on. The protesters have moved all the way down there. They're about a half a block down here. They're all the way down there. Nobody's threatening anything. Nobody's doing anything. None of the stores here that I could see are being looted. There's no violence.

Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, MO in downtown America. These are armed police, with machine... not machine guns, with semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they're doing this, I don't know.

Because there is no threat going on here, none, that merits this. There is none, okay? Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there has been violence, but there is nothing going on in this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.

So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, MO are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn't make any sense.

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.