Editor’s note: KGUN9’s video would not embed in the page. You can watch it here.
I called the reporter and news director to express my frustration as a journalist with yesterday’s piece because cyclists weren’t represented in the story and because of the reporter’s editorializing. I also offered to speak with them for any future story they were going to do about cycling.
I also spoke with the news director, who said he couldn’t comment on the story and the language used without speaking to his corporate office. He did, however, point me to the comment he left on the online version.
“In reference to some of the comments below… after watching the story, if anyone still thinks the cyclist caught on video was not a “butthead”, then this is the place to say so. But we tend to call things like we see them at KGUN9, and that’s our call in this instance.”
They decided to follow up with the cyclists perspective this time around.
As it turns out, “Big Al, there traffic pal” thought he caught cyclists breaking the law by riding two abreast while one of them wasn’t in the bike lane.
The Oro Valley Police Department educated the reporters that their actions were actually legal and if the traffic van had tried passing them without giving them enough room, the news crew could have been cited.
To get the cyclists point of view, they stopped by a party I was attending to speak with me.
The reporters asked about the video of the rider who was holding on to the car and, “what our beef is with Tucson drivers.”
Rather than add fuel to the fire and sensationalize the story I hoped to add a calm and rational voice to the discussion.
Hopefully I accomplished that.
You can read the online version of their story here: Cyclists Spin Road Debate in their Favor
The reporters were requesting video of motorists behaving badly, BB left a link to his YouTube page with just that. You can check that out here.
What do you think?