Biased Article in Dayton Daily News about Tea Party

T his Dayton Daily News article about last evening’s tea party in Courthouse Square couldn’t be more biased. Lynn Hulsey goes out of her way to make the tea party look small, racist and extreme.

This Dayton Daily News article about last evening’s tea party in Courthouse Square couldn’t be more biased. Lynn Hulsey goes out of her way to make the tea party look small, racist and extreme. One sentence illustrates much of the bias:

“The Dayton Tea Party rally on Courthouse Square brought out a predominantly white, older crowd of about 900 people.”

This statement is blatantly inaccurate. I estimated the crowd to be between 2,500 and 3,000 people. According to Dayton Tea Party founder Rob Scott, the Dayton police estimated 3,000 and TV, he didn’t say which station, reported 3,000. The bogus 900 number is clearly intended to make the tea party look small.

While the crowd was predominately white, what else would you expect in a town where most of the residents are white? Hulsey fails to mention that there were quite a few black people at the event and that the keynote speaker she quotes is black. The only reason she mentions race at all is to paint the tea party as racist.

And what does ‘older’ mean? There were quite a few young adults and many families with children at the event. How is that older? And why does it matter if it was older or not anyway?

Even the quotes selected by Hulsey were picked to make Cain seem like an extremist and make Obama appear moderate.

This kind of inaccurate, vague and ridiculously biased coverage is one of the main reasons the Dayton Daily News is a dying newspaper.

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Mark Luedtke
Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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  1. Jack Jeeves October 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Mostly white? What city do you live in? According to the 2000 census, Whites and Blacks are almost equal in the City of Dayton. With a 10% margin of difference and a 3% margin for error and the poll being 10 years ago, I’d say they are pretty equal. However I do agree with the huge difference in what the DDN reported on the number who showed up and the actual number. Otherwise I would have to agree with them on saying the party seems a bit racist or unwelcoming to blacks. Here is some info on race statistics in the city of Dayton. http://dayton.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm

    • Mark Luedtke October 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm #
      Mark Luedtke

      Your stats confirm my position. It’ll be interesting to see the breakdown of blacks and whites in 2010. With so many people moving out of the city, it may well be much closer than I thought.

      But my point stands. She used that vague description without giving any details to paint the tea party as racist.

  2. Mark Luedtke October 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm #
    Mark Luedtke

    The Dayton Daily News has printed Rob Scott’s estimate of 3,000, but tried to make him look like a liar by reporting the police don’t officially estimate crowd sizes. Of course Scott doesn’t say it was an official estimate.

    http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/dayton-tea-party-rally-numbers-wrong-978955.html?cxtype=rss_local-news

    • Ong February 1, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      This acrltie has actually made me physically sick, may Allah protect us from such evil and may he punish the people who did this. Things just seem so hopeless, part of me wants to jump up and do something but deep down I feel like there is no point that america is too far gone. Here in minneapolis the somali teens are killing each other every week, its a nasty bloodbath…..and the authorities make it nos ecret that they dont care, even going so far as to direspect the deceased and leave them in the street with their face uncovered for the whole neighborhood to gawk at.

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