The women standing in Thoroughbred Park with their signs turned toward Midland Avenue and the Herald-Leader were part of what was billed as an Accountabili-TEA party, a grass-roots effort to put "local news organizations on notice that you are accountable for what you say and print, and we surround you."
One person wanted to know where the independent press was. Another extolled the U.S. Constitution, and a third was looking for U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.
The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party had been touted online as a way "to make them fear us," but it turned out to be more of "an olive branch," said party organizer Eric Wilson, who stood with more than 50 supporters at the park.
"We weren't here to protest the Herald-Leader. If we were yelling at the paper, we were doing so out of frustration," he said. "There are just more of us than the media, and we have something to say."
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Earlier in the day, Wilson and others from the group met with Herald-Leader Editor Peter Baniak and editorial page editor Vanessa Gallman.
Baniak said the conversation was a positive one. "We welcome feedback from anyone who has an interest in the news and the journalism we produce."
Les Renkey has been to other TEA parties and plans to go to Washington, D.C., in September to continue his protests. Renkey said he stood in the pouring rain on July 4 doing this, and it's just "not something that should be left to just young people."
Suzanne Meyer said she worries "about the general direction of the country."
"Today is for media accountability," she said. "I want both sides of a debate to be shown in a non-biased an unbiased manner. Most of the time, I read the paper and it's just one side. That's why I'm in front of this building.