The folks at the New York Times aren't happy with just reporting the news. They want to be a part of it.
Such is quite apparent given the arrest of Times freelancer Natasha Lennard during an Occupy Wall Street protest Saturday:
In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested about 500 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. [...]
A freelance reporter for The Times, Natasha Lennard, was among those arrested. She was later released.
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As conservative blogger Jammie Wearing Fool smartly observed, Lennard actually contributed to the above referenced article about this incident published at the Times' City Room blog:
Natasha Lennard, William K. Rashbaum and Elizabeth A. Harris contributed reporting.
Ain't that sweet?
Lennard isn't only affiliated with the Times. Her bio at Politico boasts a connection there as well:
Natasha Lennard is a staff writer for Click. A recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School, she hails from England, where she attended the University of Cambridge and majored in philosophy.
Before joining the Politico team, Natasha spent her summer after grad school on the intern rounds in New York, working at The New York Times (on the metro desk) and at Salon.com (working with the politics editor).
Click is Politico's "People Watching in Washington" blog.
As JWF observed, Lennard's Twitter account was filled with activity concerning this event:
So this is what gets paid to "report" the news by press outlets such as the New York Times, Politico, and Salon - someone participating in a protest against America's top financial institutions.
Can the bias be any more obvious?