Freelance reporter Ross Barkan writes a NY Slant column challenging the century old practice of the New York Police Department authorizing media credentials. Hooray for Ross!!!

"The NYPD has been issuing press credentials of some form for more than a half century, and other cities do the same. For the most part, there is little more than private grumbling over this practice. It’s an accepted reality.

But we should all question the nature of a law enforcement agency unilaterally weighing in on a reporter’s legitimacy. That should be up to news organizations and the people they serve; if that’s insufficient, an agency could be set up – independent of the police – to credential reporters."

Michael Benjamin