Why Does the Media Hate Motorcycles?

I've come to believe the mainstream media hates motorcycles, and loves to glorify the deaths of motorcyclists. It seems every biker dea...

I've come to believe the mainstream media hates motorcycles, and loves to glorify the deaths of motorcyclists.

It seems every biker death gets coverage in the news. I've made a policy on this blog not to report on biker deaths, except when very unusual circumstances surround.

On the one hand, you could argue that news coverage of this sort provides some memorial value because it makes us think and feel sorrow for the rider who died. But on the other hand, the media doesn't report on each and every person who dies in a car crash.

I ran a search on Yahoo News for the word, "motorcycle", and 15 of the 20 headlines were about a motorcycle crash/death.

In California, where helmets are required for all riders, the media always mentions the rider was wearing a helmet. I've yet to hear about a rider in California that died in an accident, who wasn't wearing one. So why does the media always say, "the victim was wearing a helmet"? Because they want people to know that even if you wear a helmet, you're still gonna die.

And I think that's what it is. The media wants to scare people away from riding motorcycles. How often do you see reports that motorcycle deaths are rising? How often do you see reports that more old guys are crashing big V-twin bikes?

I think motorcycles is one of the last great embodiments of freedom. When someone asks a biker why they ride a motorcycle, despite all the dangers, the answer is always the same, "I love the freedom of riding".

This love of freedom is why bikers are always fighting against "big brother" laws, like helmet laws, safety goggle laws, loud pipes laws, and what have you.

Bikers always show their appreciation for our military. They always claim that freedom is not free.

To me, the mainstream media is still the ally of liberals and socialists, it's still the enemy of our military, still the enemy of freedom. You can't control people who are free. I think that's why the media hates motorcycles.

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  1. editors select/slant stories in ways that will make the public interested in what they are writing, to sell papers. media plays to public stereotypes, which creates a reinforcing feedback loop. by playing to the stereotype they reinforce it. this doesn't have to be a conscious process on the part of the editor. too many people try to read patterns in societal brownian motion.

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  2. i'll tell you why I hate motorcycles: NOISE NOISE NOISE! >:-|

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  3. YOU ARE COMPLETELY FULL OF SHIT - EVERYONE HATES MOTORCYCLES BECAUSE OF THE NOISE - NOT THE FREEDOM. HARLEY RIDERS DID NOT GET ENOUGH MOTHER'S MILK AND/OR ATTENTION WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG! THEY ARE COMPLETELY SELFISH AND TAKE AWAY PEOPLE'S FREEDOM TO PEACE AND QUIET! IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE ONLY ACTION HARLEY RIDERS HAVE GOTTEN IN A LONG WHILE IS FROM THE VIBRATION OF THEIR BIKE - THAT'S WHY THEY RIDE THEM! HARLEY RIDERS ARE COMPLETELY UNEDUCATED IDIOTS WITH SOME SERIOUS ISSUES. BIKES SHOULD BE BANNED FROM THE PLANET EARTH. AS FOR THE ACCIDENTS, STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES. IF YOU ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO RIDE AROUND IN AN UNPROTECTED VEHICLE, THEN YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE, LACK OF PROTECTION FROM AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT. I HOPE ALL HARLEY RIDERS JUST EAT SHIT AND DIE - THEY ARE COMPLETELY UNEDUCATED SELFISH NARCISSISTS WITH SERIOUS UNRESOLVED CHILDHOOD ISSUES. DROP DEAD!

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  4. Here are two interesting phrases I read on your web-site.


    "To me, the mainstream media is still the ally of liberals and socialists, it's still the enemy of our military, still the enemy of freedom. You can't control people who are free. I think that's why the media hates motorcycles."

    "Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author."


    Please allow me to explain something to you as I'm not a motorcycle and neither are you. The television media sell automobiles, lawyers, drugs and insurance. Every motorcyclist puts a little less strain on on his automobile or chooses not to have one. This is hateful to them. I respect that you loath the creepy idea of social engineering, but what the hell is your opinion about the social engineering that's already going on? Has ONE fat-cat auto company shot for the stars to build a maxed-out fuel efficiency internal combustion car right here and now in the middle of this conscientiousness trend? Nope. That'd be commie rabble-rousing, like Mao saying "kill the sparrows." You'd think one might want to show off it's skills or help a guy out with his wallet and still keep the kids dry or free up the highways a bit. Maybe values like these are too "fifties" or naive for this fine batch of guv'nahs.

    They suck, Dude. Use your motorcycle love as a weapon. You're smarter than Al Gore- know how to handle plunging the nation into anarchy- w'lshucks, ain't global warming Gothic enough for you motorcycle journalists to play around with as a theme?

    I'm worried there isn't any good side to be on left!

    Thinazzabird

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  5. Well, sure it represents freedom. But not responsibility or awareness of others. I know so many guys who ride without protection of any kind. Also, they are a pain to people living in the city. I know this because my girlfriend lives over a very busy street and they get very loud. These guys don't care about anyone but themselves. So why should the press show sympathy to some fool who goes out on a hog without a helmet?

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  6. Motorcycles SUCK!!! They're loud and obnoxious just like the people riding them!

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  7. Dude, I'm not going to go down the personal attack route, but it's not the liberal media. I'm hard core conservative and I hate motorcycles, especially Harleys. They're pointlessly loud, and no better than blaring rap out of your car. You just want to be loud, get attention, and piss everyone off. Guess what? Mission accomplished. Everyone hates motorcycles, and yeah, we don't care if they get injured. I think we root for it. Its justice for being an asshole.

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  8. Good Lord! Are you freaking blind? Every time I turn on my Television i'm Bombarded with White Trash Biker crap and Biker t.v. shows! Seriously? I don't feel bad for you.

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