Another night of protests and violence in Ferguson. Reporters were arrested along with some of those throwing molotov cocktails and shooting. In fact there are so many media in Ferguson that Twitter was filled with people commenting their numbers last night.
When asked by a reporter why media were being arrested, Captain Ron Johnson answered: "arrests of media has been because it's hard to distinguish who is media and who isn't in the midst of chaos."
Much reporting is being done via Twitter which means those reporting are not in front of a camera or behind a microphone, but merely holding an iPhone. This certainly does't indentify media since everyone out there has a phone. Almost all of St. Louis local news people have been using twitter continuously as have the national types. This method of reporting enables news to be sent out as soon as it happens.
Here's last night's Twitter timeline of Belleville News Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.
Captain Johnson has asked, no begged, protesters to protest in the daytime from now on. It would be great if they followed his request.