Poop, pee and how not to respond to reporters
That’s what Eureka Police apparently said in a press release this morning. So KIEM TV news reporters went to the camp at the courthouse to ask protestors about it. Reporter Betsy Lambert seemed to take EPD’s allegation that the poop came from someone at Occupy Eureka at face value, and asked people repeatedly “Did you poop and pee on the bank?”
One man said he didn’t know anything about it but made the point that the banks poop and pee on us (the 99%) every day.
Lambert and her camerawoman then walked through the pathways between tents to ask others “did you poop and pee on the bank?” There they encountered a gentleman who said he had “no comment,” who then apparently grabbed the camera, the camerawoman, or both while saying “get that fucking camera out of my face.”
The funny thing is the camera wasn’t in his face, and in fact you don’t see his face until after the incident occurred. You might recognize his face from an earlier story on the Herald.
KIEM posted the raw footage which starts after the poop and pee questions were already flying and continues through the incident. The camera (or camerawoman) appears to get jostled while Lambert yells “Hey, that is assault!”
Here’s some advice: If you don’t want to be caught on camera, stay away from the person with the camera. And don’t grab them. Duh.
UPDATE: Press Release from Occupy Eureka.
OCCUPY EUREKA DEMONSTRATORS ATTACKED BY LOCAL NBC AFFILIATE
Contact: Occupy Eureka, email@example.com
Eureka, CA: This morning, Friday November 4, 2011, two reporters from KIEM News Channel 3 accosted members of Occupy Eureka on the lawn of the Humboldt County Courthouse. The Occupy Eureka demonstration is one of 1500 world wide that have sprouted up since September 17 in rebellion against corporate control and protesting the fact that 1% of the people have a hugely disproportionate amount of wealth and power over the 99% in our society.
The Channel 3 reporters, Betsy Lambert and Kelly May, aggressively entered the demonstration area, questioning participants about an incident, unrelated to Occupy Eureka. The reporters shoved cameras into peoples’ faces, arguably assaulting the demonstrators, then appeared frustrated when no one present had information about the incident. Ms. Lambert and Ms. May then proceeded to force their way into peoples’ tents, camera first. The reporters then called the Eureka Police, complaining that a man in a tent pushed their camera. Later, Ms. Lambert posted on Facebook that an Occupy Eureka demonstrator had “pushed” her cohort, a claim that was then repeated by the Eureka Police in a press release.
On the scene, Ms. Lambert, known locally for being aggressive and inappropriate in her attempts to create a story, spoke to Eureka police, and attempted to block onlookers from filming. Nonetheless, she was overheard telling officers, “When are you going to evict these people? Twenty-five percent of the population wants them out.” Just two days ago, Ms. May aired a story entitled, “Occupy Eureka: When Will The Arrests Begin?” The biased title seems to promote police action against demonstrators.
The KIEM Channel 3 reporters were aggressive, confrontational and unprofessional. They clearly came with a preconceived motive to discredit Occupy Eureka and distract from the issues raised by the non-violent demonstration which receives popular support locally and nationally. Media bias is a prevalent issue not only for the Occupy Wall Street movement, but also for many movements demanding social justice and opposing corporate dominance and militarization. “We at Occupy Eureka are confident that the community will see through the media bias, and that this incident will reinforce support for this movement.” says participant Sarah Jones.