I watch CNN Headline News and at the end of thier 1/2 hour here in Denver 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. __________________________________________________________ Rex, 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. Towle Tompkins Director of TV Operations RSN -----Original Message----- From: Comments on RSN [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 2:27 PM To: Tompkins, Towle Subject: Complaint 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 studio said "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. Rex McKinney Aurora CO.