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Old 12-02-2002, 05:56 PM   #11
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I wouldn't go as far as to say that people who take squishy majors are less intelligent. Just more likely to write. And a little more likely to have a liberal POV.



Clumps 'o preferences that tend to go hand-in-hand, is all.
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Old 12-02-2002, 06:31 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 12-02-2002, 06:56 PM   #13
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The Communist News Network and My Socialist Neighbors Brotherly Consortium are now considered conservative news outlets!?! Wow! You subscribe to Pravda as well?



That's so over the top as to be laughable...
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Old 12-02-2002, 06:58 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 12-02-2002, 07:38 PM   #15
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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...
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Old 12-02-2002, 08:10 PM   #16
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We need to bring back elected Vice Presidents like we used to have, as opposed to the 'running mate' system we have now.



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Old 12-02-2002, 09:01 PM   #17
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So you're saying that motorcyclists are homos? Hehehehe. Just kidding. I think?
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Old 12-02-2002, 10:48 PM   #18
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Ah yes, with age comes greater understanding, and sometimes tolerance. And charity -- donuts for the handicapped.
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Old 12-03-2002, 03:05 AM   #19
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I'll make sure to watch the History channel tonight.



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Old 12-03-2002, 03:26 AM   #20
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And what makes this any different then what Mitch Boehm babbles about?
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