Boston reporter arrested in New York

The Phoenix's Chris Faraone, down in New York for the Occupy Wall Street anniversary protest, tweets he was among those arrested:

I just got out of jail. Was arrested despite screaming over and over that I'm a journalist.

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The problem with arresting journalists

The problem with arresting journalists is that it's a violation of our constitutional rights.

The NYPD has a policy of identifying and targeting journalists, especially people equipped with video and live feeds, to suppress coverage of the their actions when they clear a Park or make arrests during marches. When they cleared the park last fall they went after NYC TV, print journalists and citizens journalists, got them separated a block away and went to work in the park.

The merit of the arrests of protestors is a separate issue from their policy of arresting journalists. If Faraone broke the law, he can be arrested. If he's there complying with reasonable requests, he must be allowed to cover the action.

Always nice

to see a giant crybaby like guy this get arrested. Being a journalist does not provide you immunity from being arrested now matter how much you yell

I....I... don't know what to say about this....I'm....

sitting here incredulous that this idiot has somewhere that publishes his infantile screeds.

Then I see that he writes for the Phoenix.

Glad to see that his career as the low rent Hunter Thompson for hipster morons has earned him a place at Boston's most respected journal of political thought and prostitution.

What's next for the Mencken of Mescaline? What will he "drop" on us next? Hopefully he'll soon be doing a lot of healing if he starts with that hip-hop enthusiast mindset with the brothers in Rikers.

Chris is a talented

Chris is a talented storyteller who happens to work under a hierarchy of complete morons, for a paper so successful it's being merged with a glossy that's less compelling subway reading than the back of a Charlie Card.