Tweet and Delete: How KPLR's Melanie Moon Got Facts Wrong on Ryan Ferguson's Release

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tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

I have been following this case for 8 yrs with a genuine interest and a feeling of Ryan's innocence.... But as I've followed the family Facebook page, tweets and news, there are ALOT of women that have a strange crush/attraction/hero syndrome for Ryan.... He seems like a good kid and he's a good looking guy, but sooooooo soooooo sooooo many women offering him money, food, friendship, etc etc not TRULY knowing for sure he isn't a cold blooded killer... They compete and argue.... It's weird. But I hope he leads a decent, rewarding life and I hope they got this dismissal correct.

Joseph Sorin Leibu
Joseph Sorin Leibu

I'm a happily married man but Melanie Moon is a cutie, don't hate the playa' hate the game !!

Jen West
Jen West

Journalistic neutrality aside, if any part of her position involves research, it needs to be assigned to someone else immediately. Her tweets give me a headache...good grief.

Jack Tomberlin
Jack Tomberlin

I read the appeals decision, Ferguson was not released on some legal technicality. The lateness of his appeal meant that he had burden of proving his own innocence. This is as close to a court coming out and declaring someone innocent in fact as I have ever read. Lesson of the day: Don't take sides if you have no idea what you're talking about.

Jessica Klingensmith
Jessica Klingensmith

In any other carer setting there would be serious consequences to her wrong actions. I hope she faces several of them, if not termination.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

I think Couch Pig is on to something. Might be the key to the whole universe!

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

She should make a sex tape to redeem herself in the publics eye

Joseph Sorin Leibu
Joseph Sorin Leibu

would you feel better if she would have a thing for you LOL Geez...is it really that big of a deal. What about the fact that our state, the great state of Missouri, did something like this.

Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves

Hilarious. This "story" is hilarious. Can't just be glad for him, can you?

Travis Gorline
Travis Gorline

Amy Jacobson of NBC Chicago was fired for a similar incident.

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

^ lol! enough! with! you! real city! exclaiming! exclamations!

Timmy Gilsinn
Timmy Gilsinn

enough with you RFT! you just keep posting the same shit over and over! Thats why you are in the STL and not a real city!

Virginia Superwolf
Virginia Superwolf

Her tweets sound like the tweets/reasoning of a 12 year-old girl.

Virginia Superwolf
Virginia Superwolf

I don't care what anybody thinks, she was not acting like a professional or impartial journalist. I'm shocked she hasn't been suspended by KPLR.

huckno.7
huckno.7

Regardless of how she feels about the outcome of the case, it's not ethical of her as a supposedly unbiased reporter to participate in either celebrations or protests. She's part of why "journalism" is so broken today. She was unprofessional.

ronaldclements
ronaldclements

"There's no cheering in the press box" rule usually applies to news stories and for good reason.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

It is the sad state of journalism these days. Once upon a time, journalist understood what words meant. Now, they are taught words mean whatever you feel they should mean. Courts NEVER find someone innocent. Courts only find someone guilty/not guilty. You can totally have done the crime, but be found not guilty (OJ Simpson). That never makes you innocent.  Just because the prosecutor does not follow the law, that does not make you innocent. You can be guilty but the only remedy is be released.

All the legal details aside, journalists getting so emotionally attached to the people they are reporting on is a bad deal for everyone. Is Melanie Moon so gullible to be be fooled by a real guilty person on the next case? We do not know. We only know she started to feel for the person, and once that happens, she may decide to over look other critical facts. What evidence did Melanie Moon withhold? We may never know if she did. 


I got my journalism credentials from the box top of Frosted Flakes. Wondering if Melanie Moon got the same one?

mhay1204
mhay1204

This is the same @scottcharton who while a journalist also worked for American Traffic Solutions and their phony front group Missouri Families for Safer Roads (http://www.mosaferroads.com/) so he really should not be throwing stones from his glass house. I am much more sympathetic to hugging Mr. Ferguson than I am to shilling for a Goldman Sachs Private Equity owned firm who scams innocent motorists with red light scameras.

Tommy Rector
Tommy Rector

Yes Mandi but most importantly I would rather have someone who is passionate about the TRUTH. Ms. Moon just projected herself into that category of my feelings on Gaffe seekers for a living.

Mandi Ray
Mandi Ray

Kind of embarrassing in a professional viewpoint, but I'd rather have an 'influential' public figure be passionate about her work and get overly emotional or enthusiastic than be a total robot that's just responding how they're told to. It makes it more real.

mozzy636
mozzy636

I never killed anyone either - can I get a hug? lol

stefaknee133
stefaknee133

Melanie Moon is the biggest joke of a journalist. I don't know why these people insist on describing her as one. Have you listened to her radio show? She's an entertainment reporter at best. I'm betting she stayed with Ryan Ferguson while she was in Columbia.

Zac Nevill
Zac Nevill

people are so sensitive. everyone should hug ryan!!!

backinbowl88
backinbowl88

@Tammy Pruitt Hudanick  

Some people care, some people don't; announcing which camp you fall into is part of what having the right to free speech is all about, isn't it?

backinbowl88
backinbowl88

@Mandi Ray  

Journalists demonstrate passion for their work by being honest and impartial, not by  manipulating the facts and choosing sides.

backinbowl88
backinbowl88

@Zac Nevill    

Why?  Because his trial was determined to not have gone by the book? After all, it is a huge stretch from being released for having had a "tainted" trial to actually being innocent.  Just like some very unfortunate innocent people have been convicted in the past, so have some very fortunate guilty folks been either found not guilty or released because of technicalities. If conviction doesn't always necessarily mean a person is guilty, then why on earth should a finding of not guilty or a dismissal due to faulty procedure automatically convey the stamp of real-life innocence?  One can't in good faith claim to be able to have it both ways here, and yet it seems that in this instance the so-called reporter has appointed herself the one and only, ultimate arbiter of guilt and innocence and has thus made herself guilty of rather tortuous manipulation of the truth for her own extremely questionable ends.

mhay1204
mhay1204

@backinbowl88 @mhay1204 @scottcharton Doesn't make a "right", just a hypocrite. When you are a hypocrite, you lose all right to feign moral outrage at similar actions committed by others, or you do if you are intellectually honest anyways.

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