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The Revolution’s Eviction Will Not Be Televised


As one-time radical Tom Hayden is calling LA’s treatment of the Occupiers “a crack of hope” compared to what has happened elsewhere and praising Mayor Antonio Villaragosa for his rejection of violence against protesters, the LAPD is taking off the kid gloves and gearing up to destroy the City Hall encampment in the dark with only hand-picked media allowed to observe.


Here are tweets from the LAPD sent out to the media Monday and intercepted by journalist and  Occupy L.A. activist Ruth Fowlerlapd-occupy-media-email.jpg
#LAPD meeting to do lottery to select “pool media” for future #OccupyLA activity. Interested media in pool must have rep attend mtg @ 7:15pm
RT @DavidBegnaud: #LAPD media relations to hold news conference at 7:15pm tonight @LAPDHQ regarding #occupyla #ktla

The intention was to keep a lid on how much video and credible information got out to the public when the cops come storming down with full force sometime before the weekend when the mayor heads off to Asia on a junket to announce deals with Korea and China that lopsidedly benefit them but give him a chance to create he is creating jobs in L.A. — one for every 10 there.

Fowler got this information when she sent the tweets to a reporter who attended the meeting on the press pool selection:

“They were only going to let in one media outlet for each medium (print, tv and radio) but we convinced them to let in three….the only media eligible for pool were those who were on the LAPD press release list and able to get to headquarters with an hours notice. So very few were represented at the meeting. I asked about independent radio/blogs and they said that only media with LAPD-issued badges would be allowed in the vicinity. I asked about those already at the camp and they said after the unlawful assembly order everyone who doesn’t leave will be arrested, even those who are journalists. Our attorney was looking into whether there were legal challenges to be made.”

Her reaction: 

“Once again, a clear violation of First Amendment Rights is occuring over Occupy LA and its eviction. It remains to be seen whether other members of the MSM (mainstream media) excluded from the pool adhere to it or not, but the banning of MSM from the scene of Occupy LA during its eviction severely inhibits the press from reporting fairly and accurately, as well as protecting Occupiers from police abuses, which are frequently deterred by the presence of the media. Last night, on the street, one of the chants heard often was “The Whole World is Watching”.

“LAPD listened to that, and instantly addressed it, so that they can make sure the whole world isn’t watching. Only those MSM outlets they choose to filter our information are going to be watching Occupy LA and LAPD’s attempts to evict us.”

The only thing stalling the attack is the lawsuit filed against the city and the mayor specifically by five occupiers and the National Lawyers Guild’s Jim Lafferty, citing the City Council’s resolution giving 100 percent support to Occupy L.A. last month and Council President Eric Garcetti’s personal promise that they can stay encamped at City Hall as long as “they need to?

It was a 
commitment made with Bill Rosendahl’s nodding approval although the Councilman now thinks an ad hoc committee to discuss their concerns will assuage the feelings of betrayal among the protesters.


You can watch the video of how they made their promise early in the occupation and how Rosendahl was greeted as he tried to weasel his way out. You can also watch the mayor’s remarkable double-talking interview with KTLA on Monday after he sent in 500 cops to remove the protesters Sunday night and then ordered them to back down — an order that has left the rank-and-file who stood on the street all night long furious at him and their weak-kneed Chief Charlie Beck.






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9 Responses to The Revolution’s Eviction Will Not Be Televised

  1. MissSpellinhg says:

    Now that’s funny. Good thinking LAPD.
    Is it possible that these yahoos in blue with gold braid really think they can limit the number of media outlets monitoring the ouster of the occupiers?
    Have they forgotten that every occupier has a camera-equipped cell phone? That every TV station has a chopper with cameras equipped with long lenses? Have they forgotten that even the despots in Arab countries haven’t been able to stop videos of uprisings from going viral?
    The more authorities try to control the press the more scrutiny they come under, and more they are distrusted by the public who pays their salaries, who gives them outrageous pensions and health care coverage.
    BTW, I’m on the side of the cops. I think it’s long past time to kick the rascals out; they’ve done enough damage that we’re going to have to pay for. But I rail at these tactics of trying to control the press when something is going down, and almost everyone has been following the events from the beginning.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My prayer is that City Hall recgnizes that they have crossed the line and goes to work to address the very significant mess that they have created.

  3. Jim says:

    Other than a few people vocing opposition, the crowd discredited themselves for following Bill Rosendahl like zombies.
    1. Rosendahl voted to give the 1-percenter Billionaire Eli Broad $52 million for a parking garage.
    2. Rosendahl caved in to right-wing Billionaire Philip Anschutz and voted for AEG’s football stadium.
    3. Rosendahl voted to give the Wilshire Grand Hotel tax breaks.
    4. Rosendahl voted to give tax breaks to Mutual Fund companies.
    Rosendahl doesn’t look out for the 99-percent, he robs from the working class to give to the rich.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Glad you’re the only one pointing out the MAYOR wanted this done this week so he could go off to his ASIA trip. Occupy LA should have ruined that for him and go protest his house. The media can be a bunch of clowns most of the time. LAPD knew exactly what they were doing and please, they’re not naive not to know everyone has a cell phone that can video tape. All too often the media are the ones who incite the violent behavior at these incidents. They clamour for the one picture and trample on everything in site to get it. When these fools see a camera they start acting all hard ass and stupid. Look how horribly our local media reports stories. They are bias, one sided, glorify gangsters and like Occupy LA people are tired of them. If these think they can move over to Venice Beach and behave the same way thanks to dumb ass Bill Rosendahl, they better think again.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our Mayor and Eric Garcetti are the WHORES OF THE 1%. Bought and paid for with campaign contributions, the Mayor and Garcetti are dickless little girls who cannot stand up for the rights of the people to engage in peaceful assembly and free speech. In pushing Occupy LA out of our City Hall, they join the other dickless, bought-and-paid-for politicians who do the bidding of the banks, the billionaires, and the big corporations.
    They disgust me.
    We need politicians willing to stand up to the wealthy greedy banks, corporations, and money grubbing 1%. We need politicians who can articulate why it is necessary to significantly increase taxes on the billionaires in order to pay for a civil society. But trying to destroy Occupy LA, I hope and pray for a huge backlash because people have got to rise up against the banks, the corporations, and the greedy billionaires to put them in their place.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Our Mayor and Eric Garcetti are the WHORES OF THE 1%. Bought and paid for with campaign contributions, the Mayor and Garcetti are dickless little girls who cannot stand up for the rights of the people to engage in peaceful assembly and free speech. In pushing Occupy LA out of our City Hall, they join the other dickless, bought-and-paid-for politicians who do the bidding of the banks, the billionaires, and the big corporations.
    They disgust me.
    We need politicians willing to stand up to the wealthy greedy banks, corporations, and money grubbing 1%. We need politicians who can articulate why it is necessary to significantly increase taxes on the billionaires in order to pay for a civil society. But trying to destroy Occupy LA, I hope and pray for a huge backlash because people have got to rise up against the banks, the corporations, and the greedy billionaires to put them in their place.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dumb and Dumber, Failure Mayor and Charlie Beck will have a press conf. taking all the glory. A reporter should ask “Is it true the timing of this eviction was so the Mayor could take his trip in peace to Asia departing Sunday, Dec 4th? Why is Beck trying to give credit to AEG for the overtime which is bullshit. The $1.2 million AEG paid for Michael Jackson funeral was 2009 and spent a long time ago. This is why the Rank and File can’t stand their own pussy Chief and Gangster Mayor.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The money from AEG was after Mayoral candidate Jan Perry tried to allow AEG not to pay anything when she was acting (out of line) Mayor.
    So the money AEG finally “gave” the City was to “re-pay” the costs of the Michael Jackson funeral, not some future event.

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