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Occupy Wall Street Overnight Police Raid Slow to Occupy Stations

The battle lines were drawn between Mayor Bloomberg and the protestors making up the Occupy Wall Street movement. At 1:00 a.m. that battle came to a dramatic head as Bloomberg ordered police, in coordination with the owners of Zuccotti Park, to remove anyone in sleeping bags and tents. Those who didn’t leave peacefully were arrested. The park has since been cleaned and reopened, but overnight stays by the protestors are no longer permitted.

Although this major shift in Occupy Wall Street story, which marks two months Thursday, failed to generate the breaking news. Granted, it happened during the overnight, but the city never sleep, why should coverage?

In the end, FishbowlNY has learned, via a tipster, that WBAI was the only station that aired updates of the raid for up to one hour.

By 2 a.m., WINS was providing live reports from the scene in lower Manhattan, although TV stations were not on the story, including NY1. To be fair, though, NY1 started adding a breaking news crawl about the latest OWS developments beginning at 2:16 a.m. It’s not clear when the Time Warner Cable channel interrupted its overnight taped broadcast with a live anchor/reporter.

Then there is WABC/Channel 7, which replays its 11 p.m. newscast in the 2 o’clock hour. Once again, the news was pre-recorded, despite a “live shot” from Jim Dolan at Zuccotti Park anticipating the major changes. By the time his report aired at 2:13 a.m., the park was occupied by NYPD officers.

Later in the morning, WINS and WEMP were among the radio stations taking Bloomberg comments live just before 8:30.

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