The Boston dailies had very different takes on the latest Occupy Boston rumpus, which involved everything including the kitchen sink.
First order of business: defining what actually happened.
Boston Herald lede:
Extra cops surrounded Occupy Boston yesterday amid growing frustration with the group by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the day after protesters attempted to smuggle an industrial sink into the encampment and were blocked by police.
Boston Globe lede:
The clash that erupted Thursday night when Occupy Boston members tried to bring an industrial-sized kitchen sink into their downtown camp has ratcheted up the tension between police and protesters.
Got that? Smuggle vs. bring.
From there, the Globe was largely about the police:
In recent weeks, police have prevented protesters from bringing construction materials into the camp, telling them the supplies were “contraband’’ . . .
Protesters reported seeing about twice as many police officers as usual staking out the camp yesterday. Rather than standing along the perimeter of the camp, protesters said, police have been walking through it . . .
In preparation for a potential raid, protesters have been partaking in nonviolent resistance training. They are learning how to lay limp if a law enforcement officer tries to forcibly remove them from the camp, and how to protect themselves if police use pepper spray .
The Herald, by contrast, was mostly about the protesters.
On the one hand . . .
Occupy protester Troy Davis said the city’s ban on building materials and permanent structures being brought into the camp, which includes new tents, is designed to end the protest through attrition.
“Just seems simple to me,” Davis, 30, said. “They might use some sort of legalese or such, but freezing us out seems to be the reason or the motivation. I don’t know. I don’t think the police are justified, -period.”
On the other . . .
However, another Occupy protester, Sage Radachowsky, 38, said he could see both sides.
“I was also a bit let down with how we reacted last night,” Radachowsky said. “I think both sides over-reacted a bit. … To my mind a tent is not a building material. A tent is a temporary shelter to keep people safe and warm against the elements for a short term. A sink? That might be debatable.”
Score one for the Herald in this instance.
Say what you want about the Occupy movement but whatever happened to reporting facts and accuracy? Shouldn’t that be the Herald and Globe’s job in the first place? Call me Pollyanish or whatever but man … I feel like we’ve strayed from the journalism’s original purpose in order to suit reader demographics/audiences. I’m sure there’s more to explain all this but it’s annoying. Papers of record shouldn’t have to act like Fox News or Democracy Now – in their reporting.