a couple days ago, i posed this question of
the once mighty and respected the des moines register:
"remember when this paper didn't suck?"
back in the heyday of newspapers, folks put in long hours, smoked cigarettes, investigated, followed leads, wrote stories, and, often, righted wrongs. newspapers won pulitzer prizes for their efforts. the des moines register and tribune won several of them. but, unfortunately, they are almost as dusty as the university of iowa's heismann trophy .
gannett owns them now, and they don't really give a rat's ass about anything that might require stepping on toes, or offending big advertisers. think they aren't licking their wounds following the resounding defeat of the "project destiny" tax relief proposal?
it wasn't always like that. below is the front page from the cedar rapids gazette from march 25, 1996, following the death of my friend and teammate chris lillig in a hit-and-run accident south of iowa city. click on the image to read and appreciate the importance that the paper attached to his death. then, click here to read more of that day's article, and other related articles about his death.
is it any wonder i'm more than pissed off at the local newspapers when they flatly refused to discuss the possibility of exploring prosecutorial inaction in the rash of recent deaths and injuries of area bicyclists? the reason i say local "newspapers" [plural] is because of exchanges i've had with cityview about maybe THEM doing what the register fears to do.
"thanks, we'll call you if we ever decide to cover that" i was told.
you wanna volunteer to die for their cover shot?
then look again at the cover of the cedar rapids gazette from 1996.
a color photo of the victim. interviews with friends. a history of the driving record of his killer.
what's more, the driver was charged, sent to prison, and actually did over 6 of the 16 years he was ordered to serve.
again, mighty des moines register,
friend of all cyclists--in july, anyway--
i challenge you:
show you REALLY care
about the lives and safety of ALL bicyclists.
investigate and report why NOTHING is being done
to protect, prosecute, and educate.
the state of iowa really DOES depend upon you for this one.