Last evening at around 7pm, channel 12 news broadcast a live report from downtown, where non-violent protesters were being beaten and pepper sprayed by police. The reporter was speaking off camera while a live picture from their helicopter was broadcast. the reporter announced that his photographer was, as he spoke, being cuffed and shoved into a police van. He said the photographer had been thrown to the ground by the rioting police, that he had been arrested, and his camera had been seized by the police.
According to the reporter during the live broadcast, the police claimed that the photographer had grabbed a police officer, and had attempted to take the officer's bike, and that's what proimpted their swift and violent response. However, the reporter had been running behind the photographer at the time, and did not witness the photographer accosting an officer. Instead, they were merely rushing behind attempting to photograph the event.
Later, a police spokesperson--who was not present at the event--claimed that there "must have been some sort of mistake" and that it appeared that the photographer must have "inadvertently touched an officer, which would have been inappropriate during an arrest situation."
At the time of the live broadcast, the reporter was critical of the police, and was supportive of the non-violent protesters. I watched the 10pm broadcast to find out what happened with the reporter, but there was no mention of this story at all. Instead, the entire, taped show was about how violent protesters were, how Portlanders support the police and feel the protesters are misbehaving, and how Lars Larson's audience supports the pollice "overwhelmingly."
WHAT HAPPENED between 7pm and 10pm to change the story so completely? Was it the fact that channel 12 is owned by FOX, which is highly conservative and has ties to the Bush administration?