Network Anchors Have Been Meeting With Darren Wilson
It was revealed today on “Reliable Sources” with CNN’s Brian Stelter that “high-profile news anchors” have spoken in “secret locations” with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown dead.
[su_center_ad]The meetings have reportedly been off-the-record.
Wilson has been elusive since the shooting death of the unarmed teenager. In fact, he has not been seen in public or on his social media accounts. He hasn’t shown up in court for arrests that he’s made. His family has kept quiet after the shooting.
The Washington Post reports:
Some details exist. NBC News’s Matt Lauer, ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS News’s Scott Pelley and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN have met with Wilson, according to Stelter.
“Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and the networks can’t even confirm that they happened,” Stelter notes.
For just about any other story, this would be standard television ritual, no big deal. In off-the-record negotiations, networks commonly court all kinds of interview “gets” — celebrities, athletes, scholars and unintentional public figures like Wilson himself. Someone secures the exclusive and goes on a PR blitz, and the losers sulk.
I’m curious as to how journalist have access to an inaccessible man who is at the center of a highly publicized case.
For the record, I met briefly with Darren Wilson a few days ago to see if he wanted to do an interview with me. That’s standard procedure
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 23, 2014
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) November 23, 2014
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