Occupy Wall Street Keeps a Not-So-Secret Media Lair

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For reasons not immediately apparent to us, Occupy Wall Street protesters apparently blindfold journalists before taking them to their secret media operations room in NoHo and require them to keep its exact location a secret. Andrew Katz, writing for the Brooklyn Ink, profiles some of the major players in Occupy Wall Street's media operations, and in his piece, he notes the oddly Batcave-like means the protesters employ:

So few people, both in and outside the movement, appear to know about the off-site media operations center that when journalists are granted access, they are blindfolded with a maroon scarf and told the precise location is off the record.

Ten minutes later, the cab stops outside a rundown building in NoHo. Up the stairs and down a hallway, three men and a woman, all in their late twenties and thirties, are fixated on the monitors in front of them. They’re using, at turns, a third-party Twitter application or running a live feed from Oakland, Calif., that’s streaming a late-night clash between police and protestors.

The media lair has appeared in press reports before now, however, as in a New Yorker piece by Andrew Marantz which describes the same room, but with a lot of information that would seem to make it pretty easily identifiable:
The revolution is being streamed from a dilapidated second-story office in NoHo. The A. J. Muste Institute, a pacifist organization that bought the building in 1974, is leasing the space to Global Revolution, a nascent media collective, for around four hundred dollars per month.
Given the many identifying details and the fact that this room is occupied by protesters whose purpose is to publicize their message, we're not certain that secrecy is actually their utmost concern, but it does give stories about them an element of drama.

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