Meg Robertson, who works for MSNBC, said unreasonable interference is exactly what she found when she sought to cover the protest near the corner of 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, where demonstrators had been corraled into a “free-speech zone,” demarcated by police barricades, near the Obama event.

"I identified myself to a number of NYPD as a member of the press and they would not let me close to the penned in area," she wrote to Capital in an email account of the events last night.

"I was told to stay in Maison restaurant or exit the restaurant to be escorted outside security fencing on Broadway and 53rd. NYPD outside of Maison refused to escort me to the street to speak with anyone from NYPD Community Relations, even after I identified myself as a member of the media."

Kachel had four hundred and fifty dollars from the sale of his copy of Final Cut Pro. For two hundred and fifty, you could travel to New York City on a Greyhound bus. He had never been farther east than Dallas, but New York City was so dense and diverse, and so full of ideas and ways to make money, that if he could learn to exist there he could surely find a place to exist. On the last night of September, he went to bed telling himself, “Oh, this is just absolutely nuts, you can’t do that.” He woke up in the morning with a clear thought: This is exactly what I’m going to do.

Kachel didn’t tell his few friends about his plan. But on the night of October 3rd, on a Wordpress blog that he had set up, he wrote, “About to board a bus to NYC. Not sure if I’ll ever come back to Seattle… . I have had some moments of panic, asking myself if I’ve completely lost my mind. That’s entirely possible. But those moments pass quickly and my sense of adventure takes over and I’m ready to hit the road all the more.” He had abandoned most of his remaining possessions; he was travelling with only a small duffel and a daypack, and they contained not much more than a few changes of clothes, a portable hard drive with some of his movies, and a “relatively stupid” cell phone with enough memory to send and download tweets. The bus left at midnight. At five in the morning on October 6th, Kachel arrived at the Port Authority bus terminal, in Manhattan. By 10 A.M., he had made his way downtown to the occupation.

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Judge gives Occupy Wall Street lawyers an extension to expand their lawsuit against the city and Brookfield

"For us," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU, the situation "reflects the lack of meaningful oversight of the N.Y.P.D., and I think it will be time for the City Council to weigh in and figure out whether there’s a legislative response."

"What I think this weekend’s events, and the David-v-Goliath framework they gave rise to, will ultimately mean for the movement has less to do with internal direction and more with external perception. Occupy has moved beyond stereotypes of the Crunchy Unwashed (or whatever), and toward a more inviting image of empathetic humanity. Suddenly, people outside the movement have permission — and to some extent, an imperative — to identify with it."

— Megan Garber replying to a commenter on her thoughtful piece, Image as interest: How the Pepper Spray Cop could change the trajectory of Occupy Wall Street

Also signing the letter, which takes the NYPD to task for a failure to reply to several previous letters of complaint, are signatories from the New York Post, the Daily News, the Associated Press, NBC Universal and WNBC-TV, Dow Jones, WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, Thomson Reuters and others. The New York Civil Liberties Union has sent a companion letter to the mayor’s office.

The letter reads in part: “The signatories below wish to express their profound displeasure, disappointment and concern over the recent actions taken against the media. … Over the past few months we have tried to work with [the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information] to improve police-press relations. However, if anything, the police actions of the last week have been more hostile to the press than any other event in recent memory.”


An analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism indicates that the movement occupied 10 percent of its sample of national news coverage in the week beginning Oct. 9, then steadily represented about 5 percent through early November.

Coverage dipped markedly, to just 1 percent of the national news hole, in the week beginning Nov. 6, supporting Ms. Shepard’s assertion that it had “died down” before the early morning eviction in New York last Tuesday. It has since rebounded strongly.

But really, the key line of the story is this one: “Newspapers and television networks have been rebuked by media critics for treating the movement as if it were a political campaign or a sideshow — by many liberals for treating the protesters dismissively, and by conservatives, conversely, for taking the protesters too seriously. The protesters themselves have also criticized the media — first for ostensibly ignoring the movement and then for marginalizing it.” The lesson from this? You can’t please everyone, but you can annoy everyone all at once.

Just wanted to make a point here: the movement was created by a media outlet.

(Source: shortformblog)

Artistic occupation: Creative types strive – and mostly fail – to give voice to the ‘99%’
"But their presence, and their invitation to vigorous contact with the media, illustrated a concerted decision by the Bloomberg administration to go into War Room mode, shaping the emerging narrative of what happened in and around Zuccotti Park on the night of the raid by attacking their attackers, questioning both the substance of criticisms and the motives of their critics."

War Room: After police flood the Occupy Wall Street protest, the Bloomberg administration floods the media

Is really well-done, as usual.


Inside Occupy Wall Street’s (Kinda) Secret Media HQ

Occupy Wall Street protesters “didn’t come to fight the banks. They came, you know, to spend their time here, have a little fun or something.” - A manager of Essex World Cafe

"Crimes including rape, assault, theft, drug peddling and harassment are being reported on a daily basis."

— From the letter sent by the owners of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield Office Properties. (via Azi)