Archive for August, 2011

BART protests in San Francisco continue . . .

August 30, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For an individual attempting to provide web sites with both news stories and photo coverage of the continuing series of protests against the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department by the group called “Anonymous,” the inherent dangers to the art of journalism are becoming apparent. 

 

On Monday, August 22, 2011, this columnist went to theBARTCivicCenterstation to get some news photos.  Through a combination of experience, intuition, luck and skill we took, and subsequently posted, photos that illustrated the events from the early part of that night’s events.

 

To augment our after event fact finding process, we attended the Special Meeting of the BART Board of Directors held inOaklandon August 24, 2011.  That provided us with background information from both sides which will help improve the quality of any subsequent news stories.  We took photos of the massive media coverage of the meeting that started at 9 a.m.  According to statistics provided by one reporter, there were 32 members of the media, 18 BART PD officers, and 14 members of the public who submitted speaker cards, and a Board of Directors quorum in attendance. 

 

We took photos that illustrated the heavy TV presence at the Board meeting, but since the board took no direct action, we didn’t see any news value for making the effort to post photos of a bunch of video camera operators at work.

 

At that meeting a protest spokesperson, Kristoff, said that the protests would continue, so on Monday August 29, 2011, we traveled to theCivicCenterstation to take photos if something newsworthy occurred. 

 

The protesters changed tactics and no arrests were made in that station.

 

The protesters moved above ground and the responsibility for security changed from the BART Police Department to the San Francisco Police Department. 

 

Various people spoke to the multitude of reporters about the Anonymous and No Justice No BART criticism of the BART PD.  Several representatives of other protest groups (such as nudists and Native American Rights) with other causes, tried to avail themselves of the easy access to the large media contingent on hand to draw attention to their issues.

 

The protesters decided to walk to the Powell Street BART station and did so.

 

When it seemed to the World’s Laziest Journalist that the evening was drawing to a conclusion, we took a bus to the downtown area to catch an AC bus back toBerkeley.  As the bus approached the Embarcadero BART station area, we observed another phase of the BART protest and took some more photos.

 

For an individual writing about the event has to be a subjective report.  You can’t take photos of arrests and talk to the PIO (Public Information Officer) at the same time.  You can’t be on the scene and get an overview from the sidelines simultaneously.  When another reporter says that arrests were made earlier at the Embarcadero station ticket booth, you can’t categorically state hearsay evidence into a news story without either your own visual confirmation or an official police statement.  The San Francisco Chronicle reported in its edition for Tuesday August 30, 2011, that two arrests were made at the Embarcadero station.

 

In the old days, a photographer would have to go develop the film and have an editor “AKA the photo desk” select a frame to make a print which would then “move on the wire” if it was good enough to meet their standards of excellence.  Now, a digital photographer has to get to a computer, download his work, and for vertical shots, rotate the appropriate files.  Then he edits his own work.  We know of one instance where an editor used the opinion of a stringer to confirm “the desk’s” selection from the available frames.

 

A photographer can’t do the digital file clerk work and (if he is working at home and lacks internet access) simultaneously monitor Internet news organizations at the same time.  KCBS news radio indicated that the protesters had changed tactics for their protest on August 29, 2011. 

 

We will use the ominous implications for the Journalism Industry that we see in the shrinking number of professional journalists as a topic for a future column.  We will revisit the BART PD vs critics’ dispute as events warrant.  We will, as time permits, use the topic of online photojournalism for some future columns, as time and inspiration permits.

 

Taking photos of the arrests that occurred on Monday August 22, 2011, provided a bit of nostalgia and the sense that “we still got it,” for a photographer who was reminded that some things haven’t changed much since doing similar work in the L. A. area in the seventies. 

 

Covering the BART board of directors meeting was similar to coveringSanta Monicacity council meetings back in the days when Clo Hoover was the mayor and coveringCulver Citycouncil meeting when that group shared their building with a branch of that city’s fire department. 

 

Liberal media relies on altruism to provide content.  Conservative media uses money to tailor their content to their ulterior motives.  In an extremely long and extended contest, human nature tends to indicate which group will survive an endurance contest.

 

For more photos check out the pictures posted on the Op Ed News site and the blog section of Bartcop.com

 

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Anonymous BART protest in San Francisco

August 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World’s Laziest Journalist was one of the many writers and photographers on hand Monday to record (for posterity) the Anonymous protest against the BART Police Department.

 

The massive police presence at the site where the Anonymous demonstration against the methods used by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was scheduled to take place on Monday August 22, 2011, made it obvious that there was a high likelihood that a large number of arrests would be made.  The first clue was the buses standing by to transport more arrestees than would fit in a squad car.

 

The first arrests at theCivicCenterstation came soon after the demonstration scheduled for 5 p.m., started.

 

Flyers proclaiming:  “Anonymous Does Not Regret This Inconvenience” were handed out to commuters.

 

The demonstrators who were not arrested in the station left and walked downMarket Streetto the Embarcadero.  They requested permission to enter theFerryBuildingbut the San Francisco Police Department stonewalled that option.

 

The demonstrators continued their efforts late into the evening.

 

According to reports on KCBS radio, about two dozen demonstrators were arrested about 9 p.m.

 

 

Meanwhile down in Monterey . . .

August 19, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went down to Monterey CA to take a look at some of the cars that are in that city this weekend for all kinds of fun and frivolity.  We posted a column about our adventures

http://www.opednews.com/articles/That-s-the-way-a-car-colle-by-Bob-Patterson-110819-966.html

 

Tough Commute in S. F. on Monday

August 16, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not every day that foreign tourists in San Francisco get to take photos of the BART police in riot gear.  It happened Monday August 15, 2011, when Anonymous and BART face each other over the blockage of cell phone signals.