In an online post, Forrest Carr, KGUN9’s news director responded to criticism about his station’s reporting on bicycle issues in Tucson.
After we posted the web version of the story, comments started immediately, with some posters beating up on KGUN9 News and others tying into each other. A blog devoted to bicycle issues also lit up, with most posters objecting to the story and working us over pretty good. A few of those bicycle blog posters also shared their views on KGUN9’s website and Facebook page, where they more or less got shouted down by angry motorists.
Many of the early posters on the cycling site Tucsonvelo.com also complained about the language we used in referring to the crazy guy caught on video. We do call it like we see it at KGUN9 News. In writing the TV and web versions of the story, we considered, and rejected, the phrase “pedal-pushing pinhead” to describe the nut. My grandmother probably would have called him an “idjit.” “Butthead” seemed to be a fair compromise. If, after viewing the video, anyone feels that label is unfair or inaccurate, this is the place to say so.
Keep in mind that we are talking about an unnamed individual. If we had known who did it, obviously we would not have called that specific person any names. But we still would have described the actions depicted in the video as moronic.
Read the rest of the response here.