FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A photojournalist who has been covering the protests in Ferguson said he no longer wants to cover the story because he said he is appalled by the behavior of other media.
Ryan Schuessler is a freelance photojournalist who has worked for a variety of outlets. He said he is covering Ferguson for Al-Jazeera. He said he came Monday morning because the news outlet called him because stores were looted the previous night.
“I feel like I’m another part of this large media circus that has consumed [these] three blocks,” said Schuessler.
On his blog, Schuessler said he would not be returning to Ferguson for a variety of reasons.
“Another major TV network [rented] out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of the tall fence,” Schuessler said on his blog.
He also recounted another incident.
“One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a ‘networking opportunity.’ He later lased me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper,” he said on his blog.
Though Schuessler declined to come on camera a second time, he did tweet the following:
Please don't let my blog post be the only thing you read about #Ferguson today.— Ryan Schuessler (@RyanSchuessler1) August 21, 2014