It’s kind of amazing how much insincere bullshit Mayor Bloomberg can spew in a given week, but his latest defense of the NYPD’s heavy handedness towards journalists, many of whom were arrested or just flat out denied access, during the dismantling of the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Liberty Plaza in the wee hours of the morning has reached dizzyingly new levels.

According to him, it was done to keep them safe: “The police department routinely keeps members of the press off to the side when they’re in the middle of a police action. It’s to prevent the situation from getting worse and it’s to protect the members of the press.” Apparently, his “concern” for the media was extended to include news chopper pilots too. (Photo: ANIMALNewYork)