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    Posted August 17, 2014 by
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    CNN Blocks Public Discussion

    As street violence in Ferguson, Missouri continues, CNN has decided that public comment on the matter is unsuitable for posting on its website.

    No explanation has been forthcoming from the news organization, but the move came immediately after Ferguson police released video showing Michael Brown apparently roughing up a much smaller convenience store clerk in the process of stealing cigars.

    Before CNN's ban on public comment, opinion had been running heavily against Brown, killed by police after allegedly assaulting and attempting to shoot a Ferguson officer, and street demonstrators who had surrounded, broken into, and looted the store where the theft reportedly occurred.

    Some of the comments were racist, uncivil, and unpleasant, but many more were thoughtful and honest, though expressive of a conservative point of view that A.) Brown could well have been a violent fleeing felon when he was shot, B.) street violence is never an acceptable alternative in protest, and C.) CNN's coverage of the entire incident has been deeply skewed against police, civil protest, and the rule of law generally.
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