I watched as the police pulled on their riot masks.
And then the ABC livefeed went dead.
My Twitter feed went crazy with reports of tear gas.
I refreshed the livefeed frantically. “This broadcast has ended,” it said.
ABC claimed that it ran out of fuel (see the caption under the image), so those watching quickly switched over to the CBS livestream. Then this happened:
To clarify: the Tweet on the right, offering CBS as an alternative, came seconds before the row of Tweets on the left. When the ABC livefeed went down, everyone watching switched.
Then the CBS feed turned into a picture of the Capitol.
To sum up: the only two mainstream media live-feeds switched off at precisely the same instant—the minute before fifteen police departments working together engulfed a peaceful group of protesters in tear gas.