peletor wrote:termx wrote:Hmm, time for official complaint via Free TV Australia I think:
http://www.freetv.com.au/Content_Common ... Step1.aspx
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I refer to the segment captioned "Cycling Vigilantes" that aired on Channel 7 at 8:10am on Tuesday 23 October 2012. A copy of the segment can be found online at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfpDng7V ... e=youtu.be
I would like to register a complaint regarding the presenter's characterisation of cyclists as vigilantes for using video cameras to record details of their cycling activities. Cyclists are resorting to the use of video cameras to ensure an accurate record of interactions with motorists.
The segment further distorted the issue of cyclists riding on the road - as they are legally required to do - by the inclusion of a motorist making the following comment about cyclists: "they never want to stay in their lanes and they always want to ride on the road" at 0:50 in the Youtube clip .
As a cyclist myself I object to being portrayed as a reckless and thoughtless road user - the majority of cyclists that commute regularly understand the importance of maintaining their lane position. Further, as I have previously mentioned, cyclists are legally required to ride on the road and are entitled to do so. By using this particular snippet of public comment, the Sunrise program reinforces the incorrect view that cyclists should not be on the road.
I would request that the Sunrise program publish a retraction of their characterisation of cyclists as vigilantes and that the program's producers be directed to be more objective in ensuring that all parties views are accurately presented in future.
um? Ok. I might disagree, they're stoking controversy etc, but the segment DID provide differing viewpoints. Some people think bicycles shouldn't be on roads - there's nothing wrong with sunrise broadcasting that opinion. It's a bit silly to complain to a regulator just because you disagree with what's being said on tv.
Yeah, have to agree. It certainly wasn't top notch journalism (which was no surprise), but when the host happily makes a point of saying he's a cyclist too you can't really go too over the top in accusations of bias. In a way you could argue that including mindless bogans in their footage actually was them "ensuring that all parties views are accurately presented". (This is not an argument that mindless bogans should exist in the first place....would love an end to all that.)