The City Council’s set to approve a plan that will take the NYPD out of the press credential business in New York City.
During their stated meeting Thursday, the city’s legislature approved the bill to make the Mayor’s Office of Movies and Entertainment responsible for issuing valid credentials for reporters, editors and photographers to cross police and fire lines to cover breaking news. It comes on a day that the chamber also considers a number of other police reform measures backed by the de Blasio administration.
For decades, the NYPD has borne the responsibility of issuing press credentials to journalists. But that responsibility came under greater scrutiny during the George Floyd protests last summer, when reporters and photographers were arrested and had their press passes revoked by officers during the marches.
The number of arrests and credential revocations sparked debate among the city as to whether the NYPD should continue to be responsible for issuing press passes. Many in the business also critiqued the department over the qualifying criteria for obtaining credentials, which some felt are too strict.
Seeking to assuage the criticism, the NYPD changed some of its procedural rules earlier this month, including giving journalists who had their passes revoked a chance to appeal the decision at a hearing. But the City Council Committee on Governmental Operations, however, believes the changes were not significantly changed from the previous policy.
The Council’s bill — Intro. 2118, sponsored primarily by Manhattan City Councilman Keith Powers — would shift press credential responsibilities over to the MOME, which (as its name suggests) serves as a government agency connected to media and entertainment production in the city.
“Freedom of the press is one of our country’s greatest protections. In New York City, we are taking one step further today to ensure that this protection is guaranteed,” said Powers. “My legislation ensures that we have a system for distributing press credentials that is fair, equitable, and accessible.”
The MOME will establish its own procedures for obtaining and issuing press credentials, but the legislation also prohibits police officers from summarily revoking a journalist’s press pass. Additionally, the bill establishes a hearing process for any possible suspension or revocation of a press pass, or rejection of an applicant.
Still, there’s concern among some in the press as to the impact of shifting the press credentials away from the NYPD.
Todd Maisel, vice president of the New York Press Photographer Association and former breaking news editor for amNewYork Metro, said in a letter to the City Council Committee on Governmental Operations that the move may serve to degrade the status of press credentials in the nation’s media capital.
“We thought that it was better that we had the Police Department doing the press credentials, and that was because the only people looking at the press credentials are law enforcement,” Maisel told us Thursday. “So issuing it from law enforcement and letting them vet it seems to be a better bet.”
Sure, why not have the city's movie/entertainment dept. issue press passes, because the crime scenes from all those Law and Order shows are depicted from real life incidents. Dum Dum.
Makes sense to me !
Parents give you things and take care of you, but you have to do what you're told.
The Lame Stream Legacy Press is horrible !
Biden's first press conference was as natural and organic as the election results.
Daily Mail has published photos of Biden’s press conference cheat sheet. It includes headshot photos of the reporters he’s to call on.
The only thing saving America right now is the Filibuster.
Dumb and dumber. You can't make this shit up. These fucking mentally ill progressives have the answer to eveything.
WOW this is rigged and communist to the max.
Now liberals will control all press access and permits.
The liberals and entertainment industry has been demanding this for a long time.
Don't get on board and report good nice things about communalism and the deblasio administration NO SOUP FOR YOU !!
This will be like asking the elephants for peanuts
I worked in TV and seen and heard an eyeful.
It been going on for over 10 years but was limited to mayors press conferences and City Halls roof.
Mayors Press Office of Media, Film & Television originally designed by Bloomberg to lock out reporter, all questions and journalism he didn't like under city halls roofs when he was going after Willets point and other property's
But now, the mayors office will control ALL news credentials and access to events in all five boroughs. --Even voting booth reporting
With such imperial rule, The city can lock out any journalism (and questions) it feels is counterproductive or doesn't like.
It will also enforce "media blackouts" on things it doesn't want the public knowing and lock people & journalists it doesn't like up for trespass, insurrection and a load of other things even taking a photo with a shitty phone
This is the exact same thing (always with more friendly sounding names)in:
Iran - "Ministry of Culture and Media Guidance"
North Korea's "Workers' Party of Korea"
Russia "The Ombudsman Committee"
Sandinista Nicaragua "Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Front)
Hitler "The Reich Press Chamber"
And now: New York- "Mayors office of Media, Film and Television"
Most people don't understand how really REALLY bad this is going to be!!
The city will control 100% of all information an already stupid public will be handed.
As in, Hand them crocks of shit and make them think they got a gourmet meal.
Like in the movie "Moscow on the Hudson" where the crazy grandfather is laughing & cursing at the TV news for reporting "The Crops Is Doing Great" !!
Who needs real news when we can have entertainment! /brave new world eh?
The entire credentialed MSM is full of crap ignore it. Just read Queens Crap where the truth shines everyday.
So the tyrannic-oligarchy is now in full control. This country hasn't a snowball's chance in hades. So sad for future generations. Communism never works for those who pay taxes.
Gotta love how politicians say “get big money out of politics” then turn around and take money from unions.
This NYC administration makes Beavis and Butthead look like Harvard scholars !
When a Demorat says "it's time for the nation to heal," they're spelling it H-E-E-L.
We know what happens to countries and Kingdoms that behave this way.
The Press "I will tell you what I want, when I want, only if I want to mislead you."
All about greed and power.
For people to not see what Progressives are up to must mean their stupidity is willful.
You can't have a functional democracy without a free press!
Syria gets bombed by Biden and no press conference and when he eventually gets around to having one it gets no mention! It's beyond Pathetic!
I guess it’s because the cops are too busy staring at their phones and sleeping in their cars.
It's depressing to me... to see my friends and family that I love and even respect, become automatons. They can only parrot what they are told by msm. I'm concerned for the fate of our civilization.
Ghost of Gabe Pressman said...
The United States hasn't had a free press since the '60s.
The NYC "Leaders" fear a Free Press of not speaking woke enough.
America needs to opt out of the woke indoctrination machine.
@BoredWithFascists said... Where have you been ? Twitter ?
Our "free press" has been a worthless propaganda machine for the globohomo agenda for so long nobody is alive who remembers a NYC media figure who wasn't an overpaid troll for the corrupt crowd of uniparty billionaire oligarchs.
Papers Please! New York Experiments with Stasi-Style COVID Passports
The Left: People of color probably don't even know where the DMV is.
The Left: So you have to install this app and upload your vaccination records to it if you want to see Black Panther 2...
I asked an engineer for a network.
The older news camera systems used external aux battery, lights, tripods and short range wireless a repeater truck outside that re-broadcast the feeds through a truck with telescopic masts.
Permits for all this different hardware, parking were controlled through The Mayors Office giving them dozens of ways to red-tape us.
Now as a response we have new small, lightweight cameras that can capture in extremely low light (streetlight at night with a single 3 inch circular LED fill light on the lens), have advanced image stabilization, run 12 hours on an internal lithium battery and broadcast quality 30-60 frame per second 1080P MPEG4 packets streamed straight through G5 cellular wireless like a cellphone. This all contained in a single 3 pound camera the size of a shoebox with 2 half inch antenna stubs.
The cameras are also duplex, can make telephone calls and stream full duplex audio & video on the other side back through a flip around screen.
In a nutshell.
Due to these new advancements in technology the city was loosing its control it had by using roadblocks & red tape on hardware permits. (all that hardware is being phased out) So what the city did was make a path to completely block access or thumbs crewing "the people" they don't like via the credential selection process by taking that all away from the NYC-PD.
"If you don't get on board and play nice with City Hall and the Mayor Fuck You !
Every time a journalist loses a job, an angel gets its wings.
Thanks Joe for the info the average person would never know !
Moe: If you go back on Queens Crap I been complaining and warning of this communist crap with the Mayors Office of Media Film and Television over 5 years ago.
People who know me personally said:
"Naa your crazy, they cant do that"
"Cant be, Oh come on now your making that shit up"
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