Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 17th, 2006 at 10:25 am
As expected, the local media is all over the Randy Albright/TriMet lawsuit I reported on last Friday. (By the way, if you haven't checked in a few days, that post has sparked some spirited discussion that is well worth a read).
KGW (our local NBC) ran a story with the TriMet video and an interview with Randy last night. I thought their coverage was good, much more calm than I expected. I thought they'd try and paint this as a bus vs. bikers thing but it was pretty balanced. The video from TriMet wasn't quite as exciting as I'd hoped it to be. All and all, a respectable job by the TV guys.
KATU (CBS) will cover the story tonight with perhaps a new angle (I hear they're trying to find the guy who assaulted Randy).
The Oregonian's coverage hit the web last night and stills from the video splashed across the front page of the paper. The actual story by Tony Green was very solid. But I think their headline (in the web version) is bad (remember, Tony didn't write the headline). "Pressure builds as more bicyclists and motorists dispute right of way". I think the editors purposefully try and make this seem like it happened recently ("pressure builds") when we all now the incident took place two years ago.
And did you notice how the actual date isn't even mentioned on the front page? [Oops, my mistake. The date is mentioned in the photo captions right up front. Thanks for pointing this out Mark.]