"The protesters are gone, but Bloomberg says the bull remains caged for its own protection."
— New York Post
"You don’t have a right, as a press person, to stand in the way just in the interest of you getting a story."
— Mayor Michael Bloomberg defending press restrictions on the raid at Zuccotti Park.
"For a city to function effectively, our press must be allowed to bear witness to police action. Regardless of one’s opinion on Occupy Wall Street, all New Yorkers benefit from a vigilant and attentive press, just as we benefit from a vigilant and attentive police force. And when government intentionally hinders the press’s ability to view or report on events, we must demand more accessibility."
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, in a Huff Post op-ed entitled “A Blow to Freedom of the Press” (via goldman)
His statement was released soon after our report of the press being barred from reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protest outside an Obama fund-raiser last night.
"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