I sent the following to Arthur Brisbane, the public editor at the New York Times.
My name is Lee Stranahan. I’m a writer and filmmaker. I’ve formerly been a blogger at The Huffington Post and I currently write for my friend Andrew Breitbart’s site. I consider myself politically independent. I’ve written a number of pieces about the origins of the Occupy movement, profiles of some of the anarchist activists behind it and done a fair bit of editorializing against the Occupy protests on a variety of grounds.
I published a piece last night about freelance New York Times reporter Natasha Lennard. I found a video a couple of day ago of a panel she spoke on and I think from watching the video it’s very clear that she is actually part of the #Occupy movement and a radical far-left ideologue — none of which was revealed in her writing in the Times about Occupy. In fact, during the panel she’s referred to by another panel as a fellow protester.
I also believe she was willingly arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, as were other protesters. These volunteer arrests have obviously been a civil disobedience tactic of the Occupy movement. The Times piece and other reporting about it treated Ms. Lennard’s arrest as though an innocent reporter was swept up in the protests and further, Ms. Lennard’s arrest became a significant turning point in the story of #Occupy itself. I would argue that the Brooklyn Bridge arrests and Ms. Lennard’s arrest in particular were the start of significant media coverage for Occupy Wall Street.
I believe the New York Times needs to correct the record on Ms.Lennard’s role in the Occupy movement.