Video of an Occupy Wall Street strategy session held at a New York book store shows New York Times reporter Natasha Lennard, who has been covering the protests for the paper, actively participating in the session and offering suggestions on coordinating the event.
The video was shot by a member of the group and posted to the web site of a far-left magazine. Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government posts the full, unedited video.
Lennard, who has also written for Politico and Salon, is identified in the video by the panel’s moderator as a freelancer for the Times, and also as the Times reporter who was arrested along with seven hundred activists on the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1.
When Lennard reported on her arrest at the time, she appears to have concealed her own apparent role in the Occupy protests, implying that her arrest was an abuse of press freedom. She used her affiliation with the Times to win her early release.
Lennard…speaks as a “comrade” of the panelists and the audience–one actively part of the far-left intellectual theorizing and organizing behind Occupy, and also as someone with deep knowledge of its plans.
For example, at roughly 1:15:15, an audience member asks a question about how to manage the growing ideological divisions among anarchists and communists as they form “a new society” through the Occupy movement.
Lennard’s answer suggests that she identifies with the anarchist faction holed up at Zuccotti Park–and that she identifies with efforts by Occupy activists to conceal their true beliefs and goals:
Emails show that the radical Occupy protesters also received strategy advice from former journalist and current MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan.