Let’s all do the Ferguson Spin!

0003207DA80B0C2627236C6B5There’s a new dance in town! It’s called the Ferguson Spin!

It goes something like this:

Well you spin to the Left,
Then you spin to the Left,
Then you spin a bit more to the Left.

Then when evidence comes out
That says you’re full of crap,
You spin a ‘couple inches to the Right.

Put both your hands in the air
Like you just don’t care
Whether Mike Brown actually did.

To its credit, the Washington Post published a piece on the Michael Brown case that has angered its friends on the Left, “Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson” (emphasis added):

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post….

Seven or eight African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety, The Post’s sources said.

Read the whole piece here.

Well, that’s a rather awkward bit of reportage, particularly coming from the Washington Post, given how much energy the Left had invested in canonizing Michael Brown, while it demonized Darren Wilson. Very awkward, indeed.

So what’s a good Left-wing journalist to do?

Well, I suspect we will see more than a bit of suddenly-nuanced analysis that argues against jumping to conclusions (try not to laugh too hard), while admitting that, well, maybe we didn’t have the story entirely right. Maybe. Possibly. We’re not sure. Oh look, a SQUIRREL! And, of course, we’ll see a good bit of hand-wringing about the leaks (rather than the content of the leaks), and about possible rioting by the “No Justice! No Peace!” crowd in the event they are cheated out of their virtual lynching of Darren Wilson (no irony there!).

The New Republic:

The new evidence, although not conclusive, would seem to lend some credence to Wilson’s claim that he fired in self-defense. But, as Danny [Vinik] says, there are questions about how reliable the evidence is. From the get-go, Brown’s family did not trust local officials to conduct an impartial investigation. That’s why they commissioned their own autopsy—which, Danny notes, reached some different conclusions.


Protesters, many of them increasingly suspicious of a recent spate of leaks surrounding the Brown investigation, say there will be more nights like Wednesday than Tuesday should a grand jury not indict Wilson….

Many protesters are preparing for the possibility that the grand jury may decline to indict Wilson. If that’s the case, one protester told CNN this week, “Excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose.”


In many ways, the leaks amplify what we already knew….

What don’t the leaks tell us? They don’t explain the origin of the skirmish, which seems to have escalated abruptly….

The recent autopsy and other leaks have fanned the flames in Ferguson. That anger is likely a mere preview of how the community will react if Wilson is cleared. “If there is no indictment,” said one protester, “all hell is going to break loose.”


[U.S. Attorney General Eric] Holder told Justice Department lawyers that he is “exasperated” at the “selective flow of information coming out of Missouri” and called the leaks “inappropriate and troubling,” according to a Justice Department official speaking on background.

The Big Lebowski:

“Well Dude, we just don’t know.”

OK, I admit that the last one was out of context.

It will be an interesting media dance to watch as it unfolds.


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