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President Obama calmly responds as Ferguson erupts into flames

Ferguson deteriorates on live TV as Obama urges protesters to remain peaceful.


Taylor Hatmaker


As President Barack Obama issued his formal statement Monday in response to news that a grand jury will not indict police officer Darren Wilson, the situation on the ground in Ferguson deteriorated. 

The unsettling disconnect between Obama’s measured words urging the community to remain peaceful was broadcast across many networks on a splitscreen depicting protesters marching through Ferguson, Mo.’s smoke-filled streets.

As the juxtaposition settled in, a Bloomberg TV anchor pointed out how the live broadcast just depicted “protesters basically tossing a car back and forth.”

Encouraging an even-handed approach from media during his address, President Obama noted that “there is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it’ll make for good TV.”

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