4:00 pm Nov. 15, 20111
It worked out well enough for the Bloomberg administration from a P.R. perspective that, notwithstanding the efforts of amateur documentarians to record the events of last night, there was relatively little TV-ready footage taken of the Zuccotti Park eviction. That's because City Hall gave no advance notice before the police moved in, and also, in part, because the police department blocked reporters from getting near the scene.
When asked why reporters with press credentials, which are distributed by the New York City Police Department, were denied access to Zuccotti Park, Bloomberg said it was for their own protection.
"It's to prevent a situation from getting worse and to protect members of the press," said Bloomberg.
Two journalists for DNAinfo.com were arrested while covering the raid.
UPDATE: Also arrested today were reporters working for the New York Times, N.P.R., Associated Press, Daily News, and New Zealand television.
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