Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery didn’t mince words when responding to criticism from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe’’ host Joe Scarborough Thursday morning.
Scarborough sounded off on the Wednesday evening arrests of Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly while the two worked in a McDonald’s near the scene of protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
“If I saw that video and my son was the one that the police arrested after that episode, I’d say ‘Joey, here’s a clue: when the cops tell you — for like the 30th time — ‘let’s go,’ you know what that means son? It means, ‘let’s go.’ I’m sorry,’’’ Scarborough said.
“I’ve been in places where police officers said, ‘Alright, you know what? This is cordoned off. You guys need to move along,’’’ Scarborough added. “And you know what I do? I go, ‘yes, sir,’ or ‘yes, ma’am’ — I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.’’
Lowery later slammed Scarborough’s comments while speaking to CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
“Well, I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting, sipping his Starbucks smugly, and I invite you to come down here and talk to the residents of Ferguson, where I’ve been,’’ Lowery said. “Having tear gas shot at me, having rubber bullets shot at me, having mothers, daughters crying, having a 19-year-old boy crying and running to pull his 21-year-old sister out from a cloud of tear gas, thinking she would die. I would invite Joe Scarborough down here to do some reporting on the ground, and then maybe we can have an educated conversation about what’s happening down here.’’
“I have little patience for talking heads,’’ he continued. “This is too important; this is a community in the United States of America, where we’re seeing it on fire — they’re on fire — this community is on edge, there is so much happening here and instead of getting more reporters on the ground we have people like Joe Scarborough who are running their mouth and have no idea what they’re talking about.’’
You can watch the full exchange here:
Not content to dish it out on CNN alone, Lowery also added some post-interview comments on Twitter:
Talking heads: if you want to ask theoretical questions/speculate about what I did/should of done, feel free to call me first #journalism— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
In which someone not here in Ferguson yet wildly speculating to 222k people subtweet lectures me on "journalism" https://t.co/BiXW9HxZCA— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Scarborough has not responded.