Monday, September 26th, 2011

The 'Times' Thinks It Might Have (Maybe) Witnessed Police Brutality (Secondhand)

The New York Times thinks it maybe saw something… so it's saying something. In a Sunday afternoon post titled "Video Appears to Show Wall Street Protesters Being Pepper-Sprayed," the paper's City Room blog embedded a video—originally posted by YouTube user USLAWdotcom—and offered a delicate take on the proceedings.

In slow motion, and with annotation explaining what is happening, the video seems to show a high-ranking member of the New York Police Department spraying a substance—the video says it is Mace or pepper spray—toward several women who were standing behind a wall of orange netting. After the spraying, one woman can be seen dropping to the ground, screaming in apparent pain.

Sure, it could be Mace or pepper spray—but maybe it was Axe or Binaca. (Some street protesters are known to have, how to put this, hygiene issues?) The pain, at least, was "apparent."

The Occupy Wall Street website had a somewhat less reserved interpretation of the spraying incident, presenting its embed with the caption "This is a white-collar police officer macing penned-in young women," followed by a still photo of "a white-collar police officer reaching over a barricade and ripping a young woman's hair out" (but maybe he was just giving her a scalp massage?), as well as "a video from September 20th of two white-collar police officers throwing a protester face first towards the ground" (but maybe they were just playfully wrestling?) and other highlights.

This account, from September 19th, at least is written by someone capable of describing what he sees.

Simon Dumenco is a media columnist for Advertising Age.

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Van Buren Boy (#1,233)

I wish I could have used this logic when my parents caught me drinking in high school. ("Sure, it SEEMS like I was at a party getting drunk. It APPEARS to be a bottle of vodka.") Also, if this happened at a Tea Party event the media would be covering it breathlessly and Fox News would be having one long continuous orgasm.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

I might have (maybe) witnessed the Bears get their ass kicked by the Packers yesterday. But I guess we will never know for sure, will we?

hockeymom (#143)


It "appears" that the article following up on the blog post did remove the timid language:

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

The Times published this condescending article describing the protesters as just a bunch of clueless hippies who are hypocrites because they dare to use Apple computers!

Then on Sunday, without an ounce of irony, The Times asks "Whatever happened to the American Left?" Indeed, where the hell is the Left? Where might they be?

Bittersweet (#765)

@Lockheed Ventura: That giant sucking sound you hear is what was left of the Times' credibility swirling down the bowl…

SeanP (#4,058)

@Bittersweet Giant sucking sound? I think my AA battery powered Dustbuster produces enough suction to vacuum up the NYT's credibility.

Sutton (#1,490)

Hmm… they missed the black cop at the very end who "might have been" asking the bald white cop: "WTF? Did that loo really just OC us?"

The way the video is edited, it's impossible to tell if the white-shirt shouted out "OC! OC!" as a warning to his fellow officers, like he would have been trained to do. Of course, something inspires the black cop, who is helping hold the netting in frame left at 0:22, to backpedal fast. On the other hand, no other officers appear to react (the rookie just next to the sprayer looks down, but he could have been tripping on the curb), and the black cop appears to be wiping something off his face as he reenters the frame and approaches Mr. Clean, "perhaps" to commiserate about the downsides of a job where your co-workers might hose you down with chemical irritant at the drop of a hat. Oh, and it sucks for the protestors, too, of course.

deepomega (#1,720)

What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

hman (#53)

I may have (maybe) gone to Japonais instead of Japonica this one time.

daemonsquire (#9,523)

Is there anything else that could have been embedded in lieu of hyperlinks to Axe & Binaca websites, or are they there to clarify that this isn't an Adbusters sponsored post?

daemonsquire (#9,523)

Ooh!here's a good hyperlink!

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

If this is not infuriating enough, check out GG's post over on Salon on how none of the US media (NYT included) is reporting that the freed Iran hikers are speaking up against Guantanamo Bay. It seems like in "free market", all that "free press" means is that those who have the money (market share) are free to block the truth as they see fit.

Sutton (#1,490)

@Niko Bellic Well, actually:

and also NPR's coverage last night, although the story doesn't have its own link.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

@Sutton Yeah, GG called out NYT and ABC News actually, but not CNN. Also, NPR is not "free market" media. As for CNN: I assure you that if you watch enough of it you'd get sick of "but the US government says" being served as absolute truth that doesn't need to be checked or argued against that this one case where they let a criticism slip without a disclaimer does not bail them out of the general charge.

Sutton (#1,490)

@Niko Bellic Oh, I already am.

Fun fact, 80 people got arrested at the protest on Saturday. I'm sure they were all 100% constitutional arrests.

23abraxas (#16,293)

I wish I could say that I witnessed the loss of NYT's journalistic and moral integrity in my lifetime – what a monumental event that would be! But in fact, back in 1871 the Times called for the Versailles government, overthrown by the Paris Commune, to machine gun to death as many citizens of Paris as possible, to have the streets run with the blood of people who dared object to a tyrannical government. Over 30,000 Parisians were massacred, but this wasn't enough for the Times.

ANON2012 (#112,194)

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My Plea to Everyone:

Our obligation to this movement is to donate what we can, at all costs. Allowing our fellow revolutionaries to feed themselves, wash themselves, medicate themselves and feel as comfortable as they can in a concrete jungle. We will and can show our love in very unselfish ways, we must.

There is no reason to feel disconnected from this movement – we are them and they are us. We are the 99% of people who are being beaten, thieved, raped, enslaved and manipulated at every turn. Everything is an illusion – all of it. Every single bit of it from the foods we eat, the water we drink, the homes we live in, the paychecks we earn, the taxes we pay, the air we breathe – all of it is an illusion – a made up fairy tale told to us by the 1% .

We are not slaves, we are not beaten, we will not lay down and take this any more. We do have the power, we do have a voice, we are human beings and we are the 99%. They will hear us, but we have to speak loud. This is our chance America.

Here are my tips to help others not feel disconnected or not part of this – YOU ARE NEEDED – NOW! IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

Donate to the media team immediately – they have suffered targeted arrests, rainy weather, confiscations and they deserve our support.

Donate to the general fund to help protesters!! Anything you can help is so important – there are so many of us out there just sitting and waiting to see if this movement moves forward – $5 from each of us is just a coffee or a Big Mac but together it becomes a very impressive amount of money – PLEASE DONATE NOW! If our revolutionary heroes are hungry and dehydrated – how long do you think they will continue to fight for us??? Show your love and support.

Send a care package or money orders to: The UPS Store Re: Occupy Wall Street 118A Fulton St. #205 New York, NY 10038
There are requests for medical supplies, non-perishable food, water, toiletries, garbage bags, ponchos, blankets, zip lock bags, tupperware, shelves, LED lights and I'm sure much more.

Call local Wall Street businesses and order food or supplies for them direct from local companies – this encourages support from these companies and leeway on any inconveniences that may occur. Be creative!!

Spend just 30 minutes each day spreading this information – do it online, do it on the phone, do it outside your local store, do it at your job, do it everywhere you go. Word of mouth is going to help this movement more than anything else. Spread only factual information.

Do not argue with those that don't agree with this movement. People who choose ignorance will be forced to see through the smoke and mirrors at some point in the very near future. Spending time arguing is a wasted effort, this energy could be better used elsewhere.

Be creative! Hold a bakery sale, use your car as a billboard, post fliers, print stickers, plug radio stations, pay for an ad in your local paper, post free ads in the paper, stop random people, ask for donations…. anything you do will make you an important part of this extremely detrimental movement. You are them, They are us.

Facts about this movement:
This is a 100% peaceful protest, the people have suffered police brutality since day 1 (today is day 11).
Here are some videos for reference:

This is a very serious occupation/protest/movement – they are well organized, motivated, inspired and angry. This park has a medical station w/ medical staff, a cafeteria, a library, a media team, a lawyer team and many many people who are ready to fight for you and me. We are obligated to support them. Do so now, please!!

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Noam Chomsky –
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