The editorial, which advocates closing Occupy DC encampments, came a day after Occupy DC ran an open letter on its Web site about The Post’s coverage of the movement.
The group noted gripes with recent coverage — arguing that a Nov. 15 article highlighting the movement’s issues with sanitation, violence and reports of sexual assault was “written like an opinion piece, and should have run as such.”
As Tuesday’s article reports, sanitation-related illnesses and even deaths have been well-documented at protests around the country.
The Occupy DC group also takes issue with recent tweets from local reporter Tim Craig, who described an incident in which some protesters wrote on a statue in McPherson Park. In one tweet, Craig wrote: “They claim only chalk, but they defaced it, and doesn't seem to be coming off well. Disgusting.”
Citing The Post’s social media guidelines, which are part of our Digital Publishing Guidelines and linked from the footer of all pages on washingtonpost.com, the letter wonders if the tweets were “in violation of the Post’s Twitter policy.”
On Wednesday, Craig told The City Paper that he would discuss with his editor whether the tweets were out of line.
We checked with Post Local editor Vernon Loeb, who told us: “We talked to Tim about being more careful in the future about making value judgments in his tweets and asked him to be descriptive, but not opinionated.”
Craig, who has covered various aspects of the Occupy movement, has not been taken off of the story, Loeb said, adding, “He’s a good reporter and we didn’t feel he crossed an irrevocable line with the words that he chose.”
Occupy DC did give a nod to the Style section’s innovative coverage last week, in which Philip Kennicott analyzed the design aspects of the local movement’s makeshift “urbanism.”
In fact, The Post has featured an array of articles, galleries and videos about the Occupy Wall Street movement, including reporting by Elizabeth Flock, who has been traveling with protesters, walking from Elizabeth, N.J to Washington, D.C. as part of Occupy the Highway. We’ve linked to more coverage below.
Readers have also weighed in on our OWS coverage on Ask The Post, but it’s been a few weeks since we asked: How is our OWS coverage?