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Protest Interrupts Local Broadcasts [NEWSBREAKERS: "WE ARE PUTTING TELEVISON NEWS ON NOTICE.."]
NEWSBREAKERS ^ | January 6-7, 2005 | staff

Posted on 01/08/2005 7:29:26 AM PST by fight_truth_decay

Protest Interrupts Local Broadcasts

1/6/2005 6:45 PM (WROC-TV Rochester) CBS

The Thursday afternoon edition of News 8 Now At Noon was interrupted by protestors. The interruption occured as reporter Elizabeth Harness broadcast live the story of the Highland Hospital power outage.

The group claimed to be a local media watchdog organization. But the group may be nothing more than pranksters intent on interrupting local news coverage.

Three men in costume -- one wearing a flesh-toned body suit, labeled "invisible suit," interrupted Harness's live report.

The man in the invisible suit jumped up and down behind the reporter, while two others approached Harness, pushing her into the side of the broadcast truck, shouting at her "What's the mood at the hospital today?"

The public did not see the assault, as video of the power outage was rolling by that time.

Minutes later, hospital security and the Rochester Police Department detained the three men for several hours. All are from Rochester, and claim to be part of a non-violent media watchdog group.

However, when confronted and asked to give more about their organization, and why they wear masks, they provided no answers.

According to police, the trio asked for representation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The A.C.L.U. said it wanted nothing to do with them.

The trio remained unclear as to what sort of gripe they have with local media.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cbs; mediabias; mediaprotest; mediawatchdog; nbc; newsbreakers; wroctv
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NewBreakers, When News Breaks We Bust It, posted on their web site: "The video WROC Channel 8 in Rochester, NY doesn't want you to see!" claims NewsBreakers.

CBS affiliate WROC Channel 8 in Rochester, NY published a story on its website January 6, 2005 accusing a member of NEWSBREAKERS of assault. A police investigation relied on video of the incident to exonerate NEWSBREAKERS. The video reveals that the WROC reporter instead pushed NEWSBREAKERS senior political correspondent Buck Owens.

Members of the group were detained for more than one hour and eventially released after producing the videotaped evidence. Police indicated that a harassment charge could be brought against Owens at a later date for "startling" the WROC reporter. A story in Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle (Jan.7,2005) recounted a similar version of the assualt claim made by WROC management.

Group Liberates Live Television Events, Launches 'New Chapter in Media Criticism'

(Rochester, NY) - January 6, 2005 - The media watchdog group NEWSBREAKERS freed two live broadcasts today, one from CBS affiliate WROC Channel 8 and the other from NBC affiliate WHEC Channel 10.

The group temporarily reclaimed the airwaves in the name of the American people in protest of the wholesale failure of Federal Communications Commission licensees to honor their obligation to the public.

Video of the liberation event is available at http://www.newsbreakers.org/video.htm

"As citizens in a participatory democracy, we can no longer idly standby and let our government offer the airwaves, our common property, to the highest bidder," NEWSBREAKERS senior political correspondent Buck Owens said. "Today's event marks a new chapter in media criticism. We are putting television news on notice: We're out here, we're watching and we ain't happy with what we see."

The group attempted to provide the television news employees on the scene with copies of the Constitution of the United States.

"The gift would have served as a reminder that the guarantees outlined in that document are bestowed upon journalists not by corporate leadership, advertisers, government bureaus, ratings agencies or the lecture circuit, but by We the People of the United States," Owens said.

Security personal detained NEWSBREAKERS members before they were able to offer the employees of the television stations the copies of the Constitution. A police investigation found no wrong doing on the part of NEWSBREAKERS. Members of the group were released without charge. An investigating officer said that one of the news employees was "startled" by the event.

NEWSBREAKERS is a nonpartisan, nonviolent media watchdog group dedicated to the improvement of journalism. It offers comment and critique on the role of television news in informing the public. The group relies on parody and non-traditional media interventions.

The group is currently planning future events.

Contact: (212) 931-8548 or e-mail to: questions@newsbreakers.org

"If you've got a soft spot for perfectly-coifed television types, you'll hate these guys."
-Ann Coulter

The corporations are stealing the airwaves from the people, NEWSBREAKERS is stealing them back."
-Ralph Nader

1 posted on 01/08/2005 7:29:26 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

marking


2 posted on 01/08/2005 7:34:27 AM PST by gaijin
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To: fight_truth_decay
There should be a Tinfoil Guy in there.


3 posted on 01/08/2005 7:35:53 AM PST by martin_fierro (</pith>)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Idiots.


4 posted on 01/08/2005 7:37:29 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I know a great deal about the Middle East because Ive been raising Arabian horses" Patrick Swazey)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Rather lame....


5 posted on 01/08/2005 7:37:43 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
...two others approached Harness, pushing her into the side of the broadcast truck, shouting at her "What's the mood at the hospital today?"

Reporter, Elizabeth Harness, responded "It seems to be getting a little surly."

6 posted on 01/08/2005 7:37:49 AM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Bwhahahahahahaha!!

They look like an old WWF Tag team from the 1980's!

What a bunch of jokers. Id just have a very large man near with a bat... smacking it on his hands, in plain view of these idiots. I think that would make them think twice. My camera man would have a sign on his back "When the bat comes out, the camera goes off".



7 posted on 01/08/2005 7:38:30 AM PST by Next_Time_NJ (NJ demorat exterminator)
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To: TigersEye

...watch the video..as the police did to make their call.


8 posted on 01/08/2005 7:39:48 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
These NEWSBREAKERS guys are pranksters who took up valuable air time during which WROC could have brought you important news and information. So now, instead of bringing you, the viewer, important news and information, WROC is bringing you the story of pranksters who took up valuable air time during which WROC could have brought you...

AWESOME! Are they willing to do some live reporting from Florida? I love the live shots we get here, like, "We have just arrived on the scene. There was police here a hour ago but the area is getting back to normal, this is Liz Urd, reporting live from..."

GO GO Invisible suit!
9 posted on 01/08/2005 7:40:45 AM PST by Dominick ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I think it's kind of funny.


10 posted on 01/08/2005 7:41:43 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
The video reveals that the WROC reporter instead pushed NEWSBREAKERS

This, buried in the story, after it's categorically stated 2X that the reporter was assaulted! (in the beginning of the report)!

Now I think they could probably be less cryptic in their remarks to be more effective - I'm reminded of "what's the frequency, Kenneth" ....

11 posted on 01/08/2005 7:42:06 AM PST by 1john2 3and4
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To: gaijin

According to police, the trio asked for representation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The A.C.L.U. said it wanted nothing to do with them.

Sheesh if the ACLU will support NAMBLA but wants nothing to do with these guys they must be low lifes.


12 posted on 01/08/2005 7:43:06 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Next_Time_NJ

Or maybe a Woody Alan movie character.


13 posted on 01/08/2005 7:44:01 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

They aren't "protesting" in the sense that you can tell what it is they are against during the protest. They're just trying to get attention.

The local media types think they're just nutjobs.

There is a question about how they know when and where to show up for their antics.


14 posted on 01/08/2005 7:47:11 AM PST by irv
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To: fight_truth_decay

As citizens in a participatory democracy, we can no longer idly standby and let our government offer the airwaves, our common property, to the highest bidder," NEWSBREAKERS senior political correspondent Buck Owens said.




isn't Buck too old for this kind of stuff?


15 posted on 01/08/2005 7:47:33 AM PST by AlbertWang
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To: SandRat
According to police, the trio asked for representation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The A.C.L.U. said it wanted nothing to do with them....but wants nothing to do with these guys they must be low lifes.

You must be refering to the A.C.L.U. as lowlifes?

16 posted on 01/08/2005 7:48:09 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
two others approached Harness, pushing her into the side of the broadcast truck

Yep. That's assault and battery.

17 posted on 01/08/2005 7:52:12 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: fight_truth_decay
>Police indicated that a harassment charge could be brought against Owens at a later date for "startling" the WROC reporter

Wow. Just imagine
what will happen to Freepers
for the stuff we said

we'd like to happen
to Dan Rather! Now such talk
might be a hate crime . . .

18 posted on 01/08/2005 7:52:55 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: fight_truth_decay

Sounds like a bunch of DUmmies to me.


19 posted on 01/08/2005 7:53:14 AM PST by PokeyJoe (Unvarnished Truth - Your Milage May Vary)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I watched three videos from your links in #1. They're idiots but I didn't see them push her into the side of the van. She freaked out a bit and moved sideways towards the van. (I don't blame her) Give the reporters some good pepper spray and we could have some video that's really entertaining.


20 posted on 01/08/2005 7:53:42 AM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I view this more as harrasment than a legitmate "protest". If it keeps happening I believe we'll see these guys get their asses kicked on the 11:00 news.


21 posted on 01/08/2005 7:54:25 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: 1john2 3and4
I don't have broadband, so I will not take time to view the video.

Are you saying that these weirdo's did NOT actually push the reporter as stated in the article, or are you saying the reported pushed back eventually after being pushed by the weirdos?

Sorry if this a dumb question. I just didn't completely understand your statement.

22 posted on 01/08/2005 7:55:03 AM PST by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: irv
>The local media types think they're just nutjobs

What exactly does
the media "think" about
Freepers? Just because

they say someone's nuts
doesn't make it so. Maybe,
but not on their word . . .

23 posted on 01/08/2005 7:55:31 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: fight_truth_decay

I'm not really sure just who is lower or dumber the ACLU or them and right now I'm thinking the ACLU.


24 posted on 01/08/2005 7:57:03 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: GVgirl

..did that happen or did you just read the media report on this..do the research..read the rest of the story..DROPPED CHARGES!


25 posted on 01/08/2005 7:57:05 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: 1john2 3and4

Very irresponsible reporting.


26 posted on 01/08/2005 7:58:20 AM PST by Gondring (They can have my Bill of Rights when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!)
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To: LowOiL

It's not a dumb question. There wasn't any pushing. Just some in-your-face weirdness.


27 posted on 01/08/2005 7:59:11 AM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky!)
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To: TigersEye
They're idiots but I didn't see them push her into the side of the van. She freaked out a bit and moved sideways towards the van. (I don't blame her)

OK, now that is a little more clear. The group claims to be NON-violent. You say they didn't actually push her physically into the van, perhaps they crowded her then? Did they touch her at all?

I don't have the bandwidth to download the videos, sorry for the questions for the dial up perspective.

28 posted on 01/08/2005 7:59:52 AM PST by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: LowOiL
Are you saying that these weirdo's did NOT actually push the reporter as stated in the article, or are you saying the reported pushed back eventually after being pushed by the weirdos?

They never pushed her - the guy came up and pushed a microphone in her face and said "What's the mood at the hospital?" Basically the same thing that local news reporterettes like this chick have been doingfor decades, but she was obviously a bit startled to have the tables turned - she reached out and gave him a very gentle push to basically keep the guy at arm's-length. He (the protester) never touched her at all - the only contact between the two was the push she gave him, which was not what I would call a hard shove.

29 posted on 01/08/2005 8:00:00 AM PST by general_re (How come so many of the VKs have been here six months or less?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I read the post. And no, I wouldn't be surprised that the charges were dropped. Nobody prosecutes PETA when they throw animal remains. Don't want the publicity. If these idiot dweebes did push that woman, they should be behind bars even if she is a reporter!


30 posted on 01/08/2005 8:01:42 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: GVgirl

They didn't.


31 posted on 01/08/2005 8:02:57 AM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Is that a big acorn in his right pocket?


32 posted on 01/08/2005 8:03:57 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Lol...I think it's a tube sock???


33 posted on 01/08/2005 8:05:38 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: TigersEye
There wasn't any pushing. Just some in-your-face weirdness.

Thank you for your patience and answers with me on this.

Another post said that charges were dropped. I guess after viewing the video that they decided that she was not really pushed after all.

You often see reporters covering football games get the same reactions from fans. IMHO, it is part of the "live" broadcast charm (or quite the opposite).

I wonder if "stalking" might be a better charge?

34 posted on 01/08/2005 8:05:54 AM PST by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: Drango
LOLOL. I couldn't help but notice. I am a woman afterall.

Never mind....I won't finish that thought. Let me go to the bathroom and wash my mind out.

35 posted on 01/08/2005 8:07:58 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: gaijin

DU field trip.


36 posted on 01/08/2005 8:08:49 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: TigersEye

Got it.


37 posted on 01/08/2005 8:08:58 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: TigersEye
So quick to call people idiots..is Rather an idiot? is news fair and balanced? CBS, NBC biased? Remember streakers? People waving and running through tapings is not new. These guys wear masks and nude suits. (laughs)The media should give them a quick interview in place of trying to play "the Poor Threatened..Pity Me, Everyone Hates Me media". Sort of might pull the plug out of the protest, dontcha think?

The unbiased media is so quick to interview anyone that can tear down this country, the Michael Moores (he might be deemed by some as an Idiot),..sorry I have no sympathy for the media especially when they continue to mislead or"misrepresent" the facts!

I do not know you NewsBreakers; but keep it "clean, safe and keep me laughing.

38 posted on 01/08/2005 8:09:51 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: LowOiL

Yeah, stalking or harrassment might be appropriate for the goofballs. But now that I know that the News people lied about being assaulted and tried to press charges I have to ask myself "Who pisses me off more? Fruitcakes without a cause or lying media pundits?"


39 posted on 01/08/2005 8:10:44 AM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky!)
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To: TigersEye

I'm not sure I believe the part about them pushing her up against the side of the truck. If they had, they'd have been charged with assault. They weren't charge.

Something's kindof fishy about that portion of the report. At least it seems to be.


40 posted on 01/08/2005 8:12:22 AM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservat)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Rather is far worse than a mere idiot.
41 posted on 01/08/2005 8:13:47 AM PST by TigersEye (Are your parents Pro-Choice? I guess you got lucky!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

They remind me of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Just going around creating chaos were there is none. Stupid pranks with no real objective.


42 posted on 01/08/2005 8:16:45 AM PST by BallyBill (I'm a God fearing man and with many I stand....)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Right or wrong, the invisible suit guy picture is pretty damn funny.


43 posted on 01/08/2005 8:17:34 AM PST by killjoy (My kid is the bomb at Islam Elementary!)
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To: GVgirl

"If these idiot dweebes did push that woman, they should be behind bars even if she is a reporter!"

"I read the post."

Obviously, not ALL of it!

"A police investigation found no wrong doing on the part of NEWSBREAKERS. "

"The video reveals that the WROC reporter instead pushed NEWSBREAKERS senior political correspondent Buck Owens."


44 posted on 01/08/2005 8:18:27 AM PST by Bigh4u2
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To: BallyBill
Stupid pranks with no real objective.

but, but it seemed like such a good idea back at the frat house...

45 posted on 01/08/2005 8:19:43 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Bigh4u2

We got that covered now. Thank you.


46 posted on 01/08/2005 8:20:06 AM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: LowOiL
I wonder if "stalking" might be a better charge? Read the whole story I would suggest..and why make up a charge at all?

Links in the story I provided gives sources outside of NewsBreakers as well...videos, news reporting police "do not" file charges and other medias news stories. It would always be good to read "all" before posting..that's why I place them all in the commentary as well. If no one is going to bother with the links, why should I bother to even post them. Would make posting a story much easier. But I thought some might have "inquiring minds" that "want to know". Others, I realize, will always just speed read and say this is crap! ;)

(this is a general comment in part not directed at one person)

47 posted on 01/08/2005 8:22:30 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: DoughtyOne
Something's kindof fishy about that portion of the report. At least it seems to be

Yep...sure does. Look at how they put it:

The group claimed to be a local media watchdog organization. But the group may be nothing more than pranksters intent on interrupting local news coverage.

But as you pointed out, their press release clearly states that they are fighting against the MSM...so that's pretty good clue about why they are getting libeled in this whole thing. I would love it if libel charges actually got filed for it. (OF course, they've got the harassment charge hanging over them...and I'm sure a few little strings could be pulled.)

Anyway, to claim NEWSBREAKERS has no cause is to buy into exactly what the MSM wants--they want you to think these are just nuts and not listen to their points. I'm surprised FReepers aren't supportive of their efforts to break the MSM's grip on the airwaves.

48 posted on 01/08/2005 8:24:34 AM PST by Gondring (They can have my Bill of Rights when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!)
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To: Bigh4u2

Ahh...thanks for taking the time to REALLY read. Much appreciated.

Regards
f_t_d


49 posted on 01/08/2005 8:24:47 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

No problemo!


50 posted on 01/08/2005 8:26:59 AM PST by Bigh4u2
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