From Australian journalist John Pilger: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour."
This is to the address provided by TBO in connection with the motorcycle safety presentation posted on their site on 1-25-09.
I'm not sure I know what the difference between reporting and investigative journalism is anymore. However I am identify to distinguish regurgitation when I see it.
Students By BRENTIN MOSHER, JASON KUSHNER and CYNTHIA ROLDAN obviously did not do any actual research other than to regurgitate cherry picked and flawed statistics from organizations that have a history of misrepresenting the facts. It would be my hope that who ever is instructing these individuals would have asked them, have you checked your sources against other sources?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been admonished by the Department of Transportation and others regarding the way they gather statistics using a flawed Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) methodology. The State of Florida in their required reporting to NHTSA has warned that their numbers can not be relied on using VMT for any statistical conclusions.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has come under fire for their lack of any credible research demonstrating efficacy. It is often considered nothing more than a front group for the Motorcycle Industry Council.
Had they done any real research they would have been able to connect this statement,
"It's like I'm invisible," Barbas said. "I know they're looking right at me, but they don't see me because they aren't looking for me. They're looking for cars."
to "inattentional Blindness". They would have recognized this statement,
"He also said motorcycles need to have brighter brake lights, louder engines, and handlebar streamers."
as absurd. Did they ask the judge which research he was quoting to arrive at that conclusion?
As the Judges accident was a rear end collision one might have given more attention to "driver distraction" that is increasingly becoming
being identified as the major of crashes.
Stories such as this are nothing more than fluff or filler. They do nothing to identify the actual cause of crashes, the solution and therefor nothing to reduce the fatalities. OUr question would be will these students become actual journalist or just join the ranks of the rest of te regurgitators.
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