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Tea Party Patriots will hold rallies Friday outside CNN stations in Atlanta and Chicago to protest the news organization's biased and offensive reporting of the Tea Party Protests that occurred across the nation April 15.
The protest outside CNN Headquarters in Atlanta begins at 10 a.m., and the protest outside the CNN Chicago Bureau begins at noon. Patriots in Atlanta will also hold a protest Saturday outside the CNN station at noon.
The protests are largely in response to CNN's use of sexual innuendo in its coverage of the nationwide Tax Day Tea Parties, where 1.2 million U.S. citizens gathered across states to protest outrageous government spending. CNN journalists repeatedly used the word "teabagging" in a sexual manner when reporting about the rallies.
"CNN has, for many years, been slanted towards far left partisanship in its presentation of what it considers news. This is no surprise to most of us. But what is surprising is the level of hate displayed in CNN's blatantly biased reporting of the Tea Party movement," said Eric Odom, founder of the American Liberty Alliance.
"We're here to identify some possible reasons for CNN's hate speech towards the Tea Party movement, and we intend to contact CNN sponsors to share our disgust with such an attack."
In addition to Friday's protests, Tea Party Patriots are asking citizens to boycott CNN sponsors, particularly those that are accepting government bailout funds. Activists also plan to petition mayors and local-level officials who display CNN news in municipal airports and other taxpayer-funded property.
"Grassroots activists do not intend to sit idly by and watch CNN treat the Tea Party movement and the activists that are involved in this movement with no respect," said Denise Cattoni, state coordinator for the Illinois Tea Party Patriots.
Details of the Atlanta CNN protest
Where: CNN Headquarters, at 1 CNN Center, Atlanta
When: Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m.
Media contact: James Lyle, (678) 495-8270, email@example.com
Details of the Chicago CNN protest
Where: CNN Chicago Bureau, at the Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
When: Friday, from noon to 1 p.m.
Media contact: Denise Cattoni, (630) 290-2130, firstname.lastname@example.org