NYPD press credentialling process: labyrinthine and defeating, by design

Elizabeth Spiers on the laughably complex, self-contradicting series of rules and policies for reporters who want to obtain a press pass to cover OWS. You know, so they won't be beaten by police. "You have to demonstrate coverage as an uncredentialed reporter in order to get credentialed. So the only way to comply with the law is to have previously broken the law repeatedly." That ain't the half of it.