Matt Rourke isn't a lefty media star like Democracy Now's Amy Goodman. The AP photographer's Monday arrest didn't provoke paroxysms of online outrage; there was no sympathy-generating video as in Goodman's case. Unmobbed by interview requests, Rourke quietly returned to work Tuesday after being let out of jail at 2:30 that morning.
But Rourke's story is in some ways more outrageous and more amazing than Goodman's seizure. It is also more typical of the dangers working journalists — particularly photojournalists — face covering demonstrations.