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Two journalists were arrested because they didn’t jump fast and high enough when law enforcers dressed like military warriors told them to jump — out of McDonald’s.

We know the governor, Jay Nixon, a Democrat, weighed in on Thursday, too, saying Missouri State Highway authorities would assume control of the law enforcement in Ferguson.

We know there have mistakenly been comparisons of Ferguson to other riotous and notable acts of civil disobedience, and we know there is no comparison.

There is no comparison — no fair, unbiased one that is — between civil rights activists peaceably assembling to walk across an Alabama bridge, a day notoriously called Bloody Sunday, and wickedness in Ferguson.

Ferguson is a small daggum city of about 21,000 residents, a small Midwestern city that happens to be majority black.

We know tempers are flaring, and we know why.

We also know the media played a key role in capturing and relaying to the pubic at large what peaceable assemblies truly look like.

And we know a war zone when we see one.

Ferguson is at war with itself.

Its residents, its business and civic leaders, and its clergy could show other American cities a thing or two if Ferguson decides to change itself.

To do that, it needs to start with the facts so people will stop assuming.

For all we know, a white police officer by the name of George Zimmerman shot Mr. Brown.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at