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In our coverage of last night's Occupy Wall Street march, we noted that a masked protester struck a man operating a camera that was livestreaming. That man is Tim Pool, a well-known if extremely divisive documenter of Occupy Wall Street.
Pool records everything he sees—including protesters releasing the air out of the tires of NYPD squad cars during the eviction of Zuccotti Park. Last night, Pool's presence was especially significant considering the aggressive tactics of some of the protesters: is he a valuable outlet for transparency or a self-promoting "snitch" who has been less than candid about his motives?
"He's not part of the OWS media team. That could mean he's getting paid from somewhere else," a protester who attended the planning of last night's action and declined to be identified, told us. "Let's talk about transparency: where is his money coming from?" Presumably Pool receives donations—and he has over 11,000 Twitter followers, while many more watch his livestream.