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Racial Bias on Dayside?

Reported by Janie - October 11, 2005

Yesterday (10/10) Dayside hosts Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick discussed the case of Robert Davis, the gentleman from Louisiana that was recently beaten by local police officers.

Huddy began the segment making this comment: "A guy, intoxicated guy, is outside the bar, he's 64 years old. He gets into a tussle with police, reportedly, and you can see the video, it does look like he is resisting, but then it really, then things really get out of control. According to some, it depends on how you view this."

Comment: Robert Davis is an African-American. The cops that are charged with beating him are all white. Huddy claims that Davis was outside of a bar and got into a tussle with police. Pretty cut and dry in her opinion, it appears. What Huddy neglects to mention is that Davis is a retired elementary school teacher, that says he wasn't drunk at the time, and hasn't had a drink in 25 years. He was out looking for cigarettes, not drinking, when he stopped to ask a police officer a question. These claims don't make it onto Dayside, as it appears they don't fit Fox's agenda.

The entire time this discussion is occurring, Dayside aired the video tape of the beating. Huddy stated that things "got out of control, according to some, it depends on how you view this."

Comment: It does matter how you view it, especially when Dayside refused to air the entire tape of the beating. What was shown was the 5 police officers involved restraining Davis, wrestling him to the ground and cuffing him. As a Dayside viewer, I would be outraged watching this video that anyone would claim that the police were out of hand. Of course, that's because Dayside didn't air the beginning of the tape, where you can see the police officers punching Davis' head into a wall, and brutally beating him.

Fox purports to be "fair and balanced", but refused to air the story of the alleged criminal, and then claims that only "some" might think that things got out of control and apparently wanted their viewers to feel the same way, since they neglected to show the portion of the video where things actually "got out of control." This may or may not be racially motivated, but after the travesty Fox called "reporting" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it certainly raises a lot of questions.

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