Johnny, you're a strange combination - a liberal who actually likes and approves wheelies and burnouts! Aren't you worried about insurance rates, the terrible effects of these activities on the nation's children, etc.? No? So far so good, but your assertion that the media are not really liberally biased is simply absurd. Granted, only 98% of the media are liberal now, instead of the former 99.9%. It is great fun to hear the liberals whine simply because some media outlets, like Rush, actually have the temerity to question and even ridicule, some of the previously inviolate "correct" thinking of the liberal masses. Better get used to it.
It seems empirically true that the intelligentsia are predominantly liberal, but that is probably a result of 18 years of being exposed to whacked -out liberal teachers, and partly due to the lack of common sense exhibited by many "highly educated" folks. Some of us actually do think for ourselves and realize that much of the liberal crap cannot stand up to the rigors of cross examination. it sounds great, but just does not work in the real world. That's why there are so few succesful liberal talk show hosts. Once the callers start to question their statements, they simply fall apart.
Well, enough ranting. I really do enjoy reading your stories, so I will continue to browse MO, in spite of your wrongheaded political opinions. Why, some of my best friends are liberals!
well, this is probably a troll, but i'll bite.....
from what dark body cavity did you pull the "98% of the media are liberal now" figure? apparently, you've never seen fox news, cnn, msnbc, or any of the broadcast news shows..... have you seen any of them even remotely question his appointancy, W, or any of his hypocritical policies of that are really karl rove's?? granted, there are liberal news media outlets too, but as burns noted in this column, if you don't like the new york times' editorial page, then read the wall street journal's....
i think most of the "liberal crap" AND most of the "non-liberal" crap won't stand up to the rigors of cross-examination either.... i mean have you heard any intelligent person question limbaugh? you know why? because they dont listen to his show, thus they dont call....
"Could it be, then, that these "biased" journalists simply have a better grasp of the facts than the average reader? Also, by choosing to go into journalism instead of business or marketing, could it be that they tend more toward altruism than egoism?"
I disagree. Journalism is an inherently squishy profession to one degree or another, like art. Could it be that people who pursue journalism might tend to be more touchy-feely than those who pursue math/science stuff?
The, um, left-brained among us just tend to be less interested in writing. And I doubt that journalists go into their careers for the good of the world more often than anybody else. Well, more than porn stars.
[*]Excellent your best one yet. Being a Young Republican (McCain variety) I have to say you right about the Rush (extreme Right) crowd... boring. [*] Your words "the general population will never accept motorcycles any more than they'll ever agree that skydiving is a wholesome family activity" is classic Burns good stuff. [*] As far a Boehm he is like Rush boring. Burns you write better. You are spot on about journalist being liberals cause if you are conservative you go into business. If you like science and are conservative you major in engineering, liberal you major in a pure science like biology, chemistry, physics pursuing altrusistic goals.
[*]On the otherhand, just to make sure you you don't think ole KPaul has lost his edge I have to say liberals suck when it comes to crime and how welfare should work. Oh and they suck on defense. OK I am done now.
And I thought that everyone was constantly leaving Motorcyclist because Mitch Boehm was a fat a$$hole. Little did I know that he enforces his politics on others too. I am glad to say that it has been a long time since my subscription to that magazine expired. I was looking at it recently at the library and noticed that 3 recent issues had "03's!!!" as the cover story. Who the hell cares about seeing one photo and a caption about every new bike for next year...three times in a row!? When a magazine udergoes staff changes every six->twelve months, something is amiss. In any event, how about an article about what is wrong with homosexuality and those who condone it?
You make a good point. To say Journalism majors have better grasp than the average Jerry Springer watching folk is probably correct. But in college. Journalism majors were like you said touchy feely types who got freaked out with fractions and polynomials. So they are probably down on the IQ side compared to other college grads.
JB said, "Could it be, then, that these "biased" journalists simply have a better grasp of the facts than the average reader?"
OK, I'll take the bait. This one made me laugh. Any time I have had personal knowledge of an event that has been reported in the media (there have been many instances), the media has always gotten fundamental facts wrong in their reporting of it. This has happened everytime. They simply did not do the work necessary to make sure they had their facts straight. Because of this, I wince when I think of the times I have accepted what I see in the news concerning those things I don't have first-hand knowledge of, and then formed an opinion about it. The crazy thing is, even knowing what I know about the news media's ineptitude, I form those opinions anyway. Just as if it were real.
I'd like to say that all Republicans are assholes and morons, but then I remember John McCain is a Republican. I would love to see John McCain run for President under the Independent ticket with John Kerry a Democrate as his running mate. That would blow some minds and they'd probably win too. It would probably be a balanced administration for a change.
I think what you've identified, John, is the difference in how motorcycles (and, hence, motorcyclists) are perceived in America versus the rest of the world. In Spain, what you observed will be talked about in the context of, "Did you hear what Sergio did last week? He split his head open again." In the United States, the headlines would read, "Youth Dies in Dangerous Motorcycle Stunt!"
Only when motorcycles are accepted as valid transportation will motorcyclists be accepted as well. Think about it: thirty years ago only cowboys, construction workers and hunters bought trucks and those folks were as much in the fringe as the bikers. Now, in the guise of SUVs, manufacturers can't build enough trucks for the American market and those vehicles have not only been mainstreamed but have attained a certain cachet. That is why the "Guardians" lecture you so incessantly: they don't want to be outlaws, they just want to ride their bikes.
As far as the media is concerned, all journalists are biased because all humans are biased and journalists, contrary to popular belief, do happen to be human. As far as I'm concerned, I intend to let my "Motorcyclist" subscription lapse since I don't find it terribly interesting anymore and will use the proceeds to help fund spare parts for the Jagrolet or the yacht or whatever it is you currently own that happens to be in a state of disrepair...