Headline news and RSN neg against dirtbikes
Posted May 19, 2003 - 10:36 AM
they have something on called RSN sports. They do a few minutes on outdoor
activities. They did a short story on cross training for Mtn biking by
dirtbiking and at the end of the segment stated that dirtbikes are harmful
to the enviroment. I sent off an email and here is there response. My
orginal post is at the very bottom.
Dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, and jet skis are always lumped into that
"harmful to the environment" category. Part of the reason, of course, is
that those vehicles have engines and make lots of noise. But so does my
sports car. the difference is I don't drive my car in the mountains, through
streams, or over sand dunes (even if the car could actually do that). So,
the perception of, for example, dirt bikes has become the reality.
I agree that a better way to word the statement is as you suggest. We almost
never do stories on any outdoor gear that have engines and, even though many
of the RSN staff dirt bike and snowmobile, sometimes our default setting is
to be harsher on motorized equipment than the equipment really deserves.
Thanks for the comments and thanks for watching.
Director of TV Operations
From: Comments on RSN [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 2:27 PM
To: Tompkins, Towle
On 051603 at 325AM MST I was watching your show at the end of the CNN
Headline News programming. You had a story on cross training with dirt
bikes for Mtn. bike riding. At the end of the story the report in the
"Dirt bikes are harmful to the environment, so only ride where allowed."
I am offended by this statement as I am a dirt bike rider. If we use this
same logic that brought about this statement we can also state that mountain
biking, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and everything we do outside is
harmful to the land. The oldest form of outdoor recreation, hiking, is
banned in parts of National Park system because of this, (the tundra areas
of Rocky Mountain Nat. Park).
By making statements like this your show doesn't not promote responsible
"multi use" of our lands. A better statement would have been "Dirt biking
use is only allowed in certain areas, check with your local authorities
before you ride, and ride responsibly".
I would hope in the future that you portray a more responsible position in
your statements about different outdoor recreation activities that you may
not fully enjoy yourself.
Posted May 19, 2003 - 10:52 AM
so they all can kiss my
Posted May 19, 2003 - 11:11 AM
Posted May 19, 2003 - 11:25 AM
It's unfortunate to see this attitude from you. Dirtbikes are not always lumped into the "harmful to the environment" catagory. This is done by people that are against this activity or do not understand that activity. There are many that think differently. Mtn bikes are also lumped into this catagory by some. It's to bad that your company promotes this type of thinking. Thanks for your response.
Posted May 19, 2003 - 12:56 PM
Posted May 19, 2003 - 01:55 PM
"Live free.....ride well"
Posted May 19, 2003 - 04:44 PM
Posted May 20, 2003 - 03:28 AM
What a surprise....Fromn the same network that said thosands of American troops would die and America would get bogged down in a protracted conflict in Iraq.
What a bunch of idiots.....
Fox News Rules..... Fair and Balanced.... Well Mostely anyway...
Posted May 20, 2003 - 09:49 AM
Posted May 20, 2003 - 10:57 AM
live well..ride free