Cycle Bashing Daily Mail

grellboy

Über Member
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No dispute that the cyclist was in the wrong and all sympathy for the innocent victim, but do we really think this is balanced coverage? Do the (approx) 5 people a day killed by motor vehicles get the same coverage?
 

welsh dragon

Thanks but no thanks. I think I'll pass.
Was the story written by the newspaper untrue? Did they tell any lies? Did they report what actually happened? I am sorry, but to be honest i havn't read anything from the above piece that sounds like cyclist bashing and if what happened was fact, then the cyclist IMHO deserved a far harsher punishment than the one he recieved.
 

Moodyman

Guru
Well, there is a reason why it is sometimes called the daily wail.

I wonder if the article would have the same prominence if the victim was a cleaner or similar.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Not sure what else is to be expected from the DM. I do hope that's not a picture of your own newspaper :whistle: if so, it would help if you actually showed the whole article
 

Cycleops

Legendary Member
Location
Accra, Ghana
Well, there is a reason why it is sometimes called the daily wail.

I wonder if the article would have the same prominence if the victim was a cleaner or similar.
If you believe the Mail are 'cyclist bashers' or are being unduly sensationalistic due the victims job it shouldn't make any difference should it?
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Leaving aside the hysteria about the Daily Mail aside, the chap appears to have broken the law and left someone with a serious injury because of it. He's jolly lucky he got such a derisory punishment. Clearly the legal system isn't into cyclist bashing.
 
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grellboy

grellboy

Über Member
Was the story written by the newspaper untrue? Did they tell any lies? Did they report what actually happened? I am sorry, but to be honest i havn't read anything from the above piece that sounds like cyclist bashing and if what happened was fact, then the cyclist IMHO deserved a far harsher punishment than the one he recieved.
My point was, do you think the story would have been given the same prominence if the perpetrator was in a motor vehicle?
 

welsh dragon

Thanks but no thanks. I think I'll pass.
My point was, do you think the story would have been given the same prominence if the perpetrator was in a motor vehicle?

Probably. I have no reason to think otherwise. There was a story only yesterday about a minor football player who attacked a young woman driver after she hit his car in a car park.

The story was not kind about him at all and rightly so.
 

NorthernDave

Never used Über Member
My point was, do you think the story would have been given the same prominence if the perpetrator was in a motor vehicle?
Almost certainly not.

The unfortunate fact is that lots more pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles every day, to the point where it's not "news".
Someone getting injured by a cyclist is a rare event, prosecution of the cyclist even rarer, hence it becomes a story.*

It's the old maxim - dog bites man - no interest, man bites dog - front page news

* - I'm not saying any of this is right, it's just how large sections of the media work.
 

MontyVeda

a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll
No... no cyclist bashing going on... the DM is always consistent in its reporting of such incidents.

Eg.
- White van man on the wrong side of the road crashes into three young cyclists is reported as "cyclists collide with a van"
- Cyclist crashes into pedestrian is reported as "cyclist crashes into a pedestrian"

...all very balanced :rolleyes:
 

jarlrmai

Veteran
the bias is there, the tabloids and local papers are skilled at it.

Selection and omission of which stories get inches in the paper.
Vocabulary choice in the article.

Whether it's a "media conspiracy" or just a symptom of the general population being mostly not cyclists in is hard to say.

Car ads do make up a big percentage of the ads in our local paper though.
 
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