Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 11, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome victorious at Dauphiné, takes over GC lead; Bizhigitov takes queen stage in Korea, Bole into overall lead; Absalon, Schurter on Sagan’s chances at Olympic MTB medal: “Not likely”; Orica to continue with GreenEDGE for one more season; Katusha to add new title sponsor; Man charged with murder in Michigan cycling crash; Critical response to media coverage of Michigan crash; Sports doctor dubbed cycling’s ‘king of doping’ arrested in Colombia; New cyclist ends up riding entire triathlon bike course; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné, stage 5; On-board video: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 4; Cyclist tackled by police ahead of Obama motorcade

Critical response to media coverage of Michigan crash

by CyclingTips

In the wake of the deadly crash in Michigan earlier this week, a critique of the main stream media’s coverage of the horrible tragedy has emerged, arguing that the media is taking a ‘victim blaming’ approach to the incident.

Here is an excerpt from one critique:

How did Michigan media respond to the deadliest motorist-cyclist collision in memory? Some outlets did pretty well. MLive released a well-reported story, consistent in style and tone with a crime story in its early days.

Other media outlets also did pretty well. But at least one person at the Streetsblog Network on Twitter singled out a bit of news coverage by WZZM-TV.

That story was all about reminding cyclists to follow the rules of the road — even though nobody has said the cyclists who died were breaking any rules at all. In fact, the interview subject says as much, and offers a summary view that should have been the point of the article: “Nothing could have stopped that last night, other than stopping the person before it happened.”

In fact, the entire article, “Kalamazoo tragedy a reminder: practice bike safety,” should probably have been titled, “Kalamazoo tragedy a reminder: Don’t run over cyclists.”

Click through to read more at the Metro Times.