Judy Miller Discovers the Word “Claim”

Judy Miller, first amendment martyr, has finally found an assertion that she distrusts enough to diminish by using the word “claim:”

NYPD’s critics have complained about potential invasions of privacy and disruptions of New Yorkers’ civil liberties. During the Occupy Wall Street protests, several reporters and citizens claimed to have been abused and arrested without justifiable cause. [my emphasis]

Now, to her credit, she also modified Ray Kelly’s assertion that those who have Occupied Wall Street are anarchists.

He defended the NYPD’s dismantlement of the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park last fall and its handling of the protests that threatened to block vehicular and foot traffic on city streets. Handling such demonstrations, said Kelly, was “a contact sport.” “Sometimes we overreact,” he conceded. “We make mistakes.” But by and large, he concluded, the department had done a “good job” of enabling social protest while also protecting the city against violent disruptions caused by a minority of what he called “anarchists.” [my emphasis]

Not to get all Truth Vigilante on an esteemed journalist like Judy Miller, but these are both testable assertions. There are videos clearly showing journalists being pushed around and arrested even though they were properly credentialed. And any discussion of the treatment of journalists at Occupy Wall Street must go further, to talk about how journalists were managed to ensure they couldn’t cover certain things, and how more generally the NYPD refused to credential journalists so they could cover it. And while you’re at it, it might be nice to mention that regular people also were abused and arrested without justifiable cause, not just journalists.

But then you might also have to go further when challenging Kelly’s claims than simply scare-quoting them. In fact, in most cases, violent disruptions were caused by the NYPD, not protestors.

Though, I guess if Ray Kelly wants to call his force a bunch of anarchists, he would know.

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emptywheel Fritz Schwarz calling out @Thomas_Drake1 and Ed Snowden for important whistleblowers. http://t.co/a2YdmcjGus
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emptywheel @OKnox Irony is too dead.
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emptywheel Mondale: Fisc can be a private supreme court for the agencies. http://t.co/a2YdmcjGus
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emptywheel Of course who am I fooling? If DOJ takes out a bank for money laundering for FIFA, it'll be a foreign bank used as an example.
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emptywheel It would be ironic if JPMC got busted for money laundering for FIFA but not for terrorists bc DOJ could tell us abt the former. I'd take it.
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JimWhiteGNV @biasedreporter Yes. Probably not a big deal.
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emptywheel RT @p2wy: My 5 year old has rekindled my love of numismatics. Dug out my old collection and am tempted to take him to a proper coin shop on…
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emptywheel In fact, I would bet a good chunk of change Roving Wiretap provision focused squarely on Tor users generally.
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emptywheel Even the phone dragnet can be used w/Iranian targets. But Section 215 prolly used against hackers as much as terrorists.
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emptywheel @dametzger Bulk IS limited, though they do use it against Iran, as well as terrorist targets.
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emptywheel Here's another error journos are making on 215 reporting. 215 and Roving Wiretaps are NOT limited to terrorism.
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emptywheel @joshgerstein @BuzzFeedBen if legislators do the governing for Congress why not campaign staff the reporting for journos?
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