l Associated Press takes a head count of protesters late last night at Zuccotti Park: 14.
l Here’s a look at a reporter protesting his arrest: “I’m a reporter!”
l And a good point in this story: Officials said that they’d removed the media from the scene of the park’s clear-out for the safety of the reporters.
In response, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer pointed out this afternoon that, “American foreign correspondents routinely put themselves in harm’s way to do their jobs, in some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. And their NYC colleagues deserve the freedom to make the same choice. Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square.”
l David Dayen at FDL takes aim at the media arrests, saying:
When you hear about police state crackdowns in the developing world, you typically hear that they go to knock out the communications first, so that nobody can bear witness to the ensuing repression. Michael Bloomberg learned this lesson well.
l And, hey, it’s been a good couple of weeks for the Society of Professional Journalists. First, it gets some play for its set of ethics guidelines per the Herman Cain story. And now it’s getting some ink for condemning the arrests of reporters in connection with OWS coverage. What could possibly be next? Publicity for SPJ’s high-school essay contest?
l Natasha Lennard, that freelancer for the New York Times who got “busted” on video for expressing opinions about OWS, is officially declaring her break with the MSM.
I am incredibly lucky to have interned and worked for institutions like the New York Times and Politico; the training, exposure and practice that these publications offer are in many ways unparalleled. But it is also with some pride that I have stopped writing for publications that aim for journalistic objectivity.
There is a loose analogy here with how Occupy Wall Street’s structure stands at odds with mainstream, electoral politics. Many of those involved in Occupy Wall Street have, with excellent cause, expressed dissatisfaction with representative politics in this country. In response, occupiers have sought new political spaces and interactions; they have taken politics into their own hands.
l The count for number of media types arrested in and around OWS vaults to 10. Award for strangest first-person account of an arrest goes to a third-person account rendered in the Local, a collaboration between NYU’s journalism school and the New York Times.
Let me explain: Jared Malsin of the Local was one of the folks who got arrested. He wrote up a piece for the Local on the events. But the Local put the thing, Bob Dole-Herman Cain-style, in the third person, so that confusion reigns. These next two graphs are excerpted from the story written by arrestee Malsin:
The Local’s reporter, who repeatedly identified himself to the police as a journalist while on the scene, complied with the order and walked north while filming protesters, however (as seen at the 2:11 mark in the video) his progress was stopped by a group of officers blocking the sidewalk at the intersection of Broadway and John Street. One of the officers arrested him using plastic Flexi-Cuffs, even as he continued to identify himself as a journalist and called attention to press credentials hanging from his neck. (The press card had been issued for an unrelated assignment by the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit of the United Nations in September).
The Local’s reporter was put onboard a police van with eight other arrestees, including two New School undergraduates, a photographer with Agence France Presse, and city councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, all handcuffed behind their backs. Mr. Rodriguez had blood on his temple from what he said was an earlier confrontation with the police. He recalled previous demonstrations, including the occupation of a City College administration building in the early 1990s.
What are you teaching these people, NYU-NYT?
l Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gets back on Fox. And, of course, she complies with Fox’s “say whatever” culture. Palin says of accused child molester Jerry Sandusky: “Hang him from the highest tree. I’ll bring the rope.”