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The Busch Light guy and the Des Moines Register

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Alma, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  2. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

  3. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    No one outside Iowa cares about this story.

    RAGBRAI will be just fine.

    I can't think of too many entities where the leadership is ("was") more self-important than the leadership of RAGBRAI.
    Doc Holliday and BurnsWhenIPee like this.
  4. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    But why does the handling of the Carson King story bleed over to this bike thing? The employee couldn't talk about the story so why would he resign the as director of something unrelated? And what part of the story is he upset about, mentioning the subject's twitter comments or the writer getting canned because of his twitter comments?
  5. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Because the "R" in RAGBRAI is Register's.

    So it's easy to associate with -- even though the newscast and the bicycle ride really aren't that connected, from a logistical standpoint.

    I have no issue with Gannett reporting about the former ride leaders bolting and, apparently, making plans a year before. They already had a foot out the door and, with the King story, decided to jump right away.

    This could turn into a bizarre business civil war. RAGBRAI is a major brand for bicyclists, one with multi-year contracts. Are these businesses/sponsors going to pull out of this race for another race that might not have the same branding, number of cyclists or fans?

    Another element -- and it's no small thing. Security and policing. Will law enforcement or even cities/towns have to "take sides" on this? RAGBRAI usually takes a variation of three different routes every year (north, middle, south). If a city agrees to be an overnight host for the New Race, will RAGBRAI blacklist that city in the future? That's a major economic impact for these little towns.
  6. If anyone cares:

    Ex-Des Moines Register reporter suggests Carson King shares blame for 'unfair' firing

  7. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    > formerly a trending-news reporter

    Honestly, he's better off.
  8. That line caught my eye too ...
  9. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    I liked his piece in the CJR.

    He is right about one important thing: his newspaper was unable to handle the blowback. I wish he'd been around someone who had the sense to tell him not to sign anything until talking to a lawyer
  10. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member


    Shame on DMR editors for being such cowards.
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  11. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    He was treated unfairly, but as someone said, he's better off. Leave newspapers in his rearview mirror as we all should. Get out.
    That was a great story by the way. He made some excellent points.
    I still say the editors made a big mistake in just tacking on the 3 graphs about his tweets from the past. Once the tweets were discovered, you either go for it and make the story about the tweets or don't mention them at all. Tell the Busch guy to expunge them from his twitter.
  12. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    The DMR reporter is such a stereotype. Points finger everywhere else, doesn't stop to say he handled the whole thing poorly. Blames management, right-wing media - of course - and ignorant readers. He was chasing clicks and wanted to make himself part of the story. It backfired. Move on, take the L, stop blaming the subject when you read the room completely wrong.
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