Former Voice columnist and CUNY Journalist-in-Residence Tom Robbins was on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning on WNYC, talking about the fallout from the NYPD showing an anti-Muslim training video to 1,500 personnel.
It was great to hear Robbins credited for breaking this story (a full year before Michael Powell’s follow up in the Times) in a January, 2011 Voice column titled “NYPD Cops’ Training Included an Anti-Muslim Horror Flick.”
Here’s the full audio. Take a listen as Robbins explains to Lehrer about a cop tipping him off, NYPD spokesman Paul Brown’s initial denial that the video was being shown, and Brown’s full final acknowledgment that not only was it shown, but that he arranged for Commissioner Ray Kelly to sit for an extended on camera interview, even though Robbins (nor any of us at the Voice) could even get Kelly on the phone.
Here is also the actual film in question, which Robbins got Brown to admit was “wacky,” though he declined to admit his role in facilitating Kelly’s interview in it until this week.