Melanie Philips Daily Mail article on cyclists today
Better yet someone pop into a paper shop, photograph said article, and pop the image up, then they don’t get any of the revenue…
you realize of course by starting this thread you’ve probably triggered more traffic to the DM website…
you just can’t win.
EDIT: sorry, just realized it’s click fodder and so probably won’t be in their paper based comic…Posted 5 years agomiketuallySubscriber
A brief summary will do. Is it pro or anti cycling? Just another rant about the ‘horrors’ of seeing fat men in lycra?
I’ve not read it, but it’s Melanie Phillips, so I’m assuming it’s a borderline-insane, fact-light, attack on RLJers and lycralouts, written purely for the purposes of getting Twitter into a froth and so generating lots of ad revenue.Posted 5 years agowreckerMember
I’ve not read it, but it’s Melanie Phillips, so I’m assuming it’s a borderline-insane, fact-light, attack on RLJers and lycralouts, written purely for the purposes of getting Twitter into a froth and so generating lots of ad revenue.
Are you sure you’ve not read it? That was spot on 😀
Want to know why she’s bitter? Go to google images. She’s no looker.Posted 5 years ago
If anyone really wants to read it, there are screenshots here:
Quick time saver though, it conforms completely to the “I like cyclists but…” template:Posted 5 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
What a beautiful article!
Edit: Beaten to it by Mr Agreeable.Posted 5 years ago
Anyone remember this news story from a few weeks back? Van driver in Cardiff deliberately aimed his vehicle at pedestrians, including mothers and children, killing one and seriously injuring ten others.
In a day, this one psychopath caused as much injury and misery as all the cyclists in Britain do over the multiple years. However I don’t recall any DM hacks leaping to point out the dangers of vans.Posted 5 years agojfletchMember
I love that “journalists guide” article.
Attacking Melaine Phillips for being a narrow minded troll is just what she wants, even disargreeing with her views in a more rational way gives her the publicity she desires.
But highlighting how shoddy she is as a journalist has more clout, particularly at a time when shoody journlaism is getting a bit of a pasting at the hands of Levenson et al.Posted 5 years ago
The problem with these articles is that they reinforce the impression that the problems with cycle safety would disappear, if only cyclists cleaned up their act.
There’s been one study to date which seriously attempted to examine the causes of cycle/car collisions and it found that bad behaviour wasn’t anything like as much of a factor as expected.Posted 5 years ago
There’s a difference between an opinion (like a link-bait piece in the DM) and an evidence-based study, like the DFT one referred to in that report.
Most people in a position to make policies give more weight to the latter. Hence why we don’t have capital punishment, sealed borders, mandatory helmets or number plates for bikes.Posted 5 years agoFOGSubscriber
Apparently even the documantary which is due on TV later this week includes commercial footage of messengers manically ripping about presented as ‘normal London cycling’Posted 5 years ago
I don’t understand why some people have such an anti-cycling agenda. Surely the whole country can’t listen to the Jeremies.
Hopefully it is merely another attempt by our [unregulated] media to generate sales.cookeaaSubscriber
Class prejudice using cycling as an excuse!
She forgets Brad Wiggins grew up in a local authority flat in North London…
What’s class got to do with the price of fish?
I said it in one of the previous one of these threads, cycling is seen as a “Lefty” activity somehow, it’s image being tied up with “eco-credentials” and the apparently un-self conscious wearing of “day-glo spandex” meaning that if you want a group to pick on, and your readership are broadly speaking right wing in their views, you can’t go far wrong with people on bikes, they neatly embody all sorts of prejudices… Hence these articles make ideal click bait but have no real baring on any real debate.
Of course I still don’t believe road cycling safety is or should be a political issue, in so much as it’s not really a debatable concept; safer roads with fewer dead or injured cyclists would be a good thing, end of the debate, now how do we achieve such a Nirvana?Posted 5 years ago
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