Think I’m exaggerating with that headline? Fine, read this Washington Post opinion piece (by the clearly enraged and unhinged Courtland Milloy), for yourself. A few
highlights lowlights include:
*The wildly biased, over-the-top, hysterical headline, “Bicyclist bullies try to rule the road in D.C.”
*Hints at violence: “They’re lucky that someone hasn’t put a broomstick through the spokes of their wheels.”
*More (and stronger) hints at violence: “It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.”
As the top-rated comment on this screed asks, “how is this man employed by the venerable Washington Post? He suggests it is worth the fine to run down a biker – that would be a grave crime.” And as the second-highest-rated comment adds: “What a horrible article. Broomsticks in spokes? Run down cyclists? Why was this allowed to be printed?” More examples? Here’s what the third-highest-rated comment suggests for Courtland Milloy: “Seek help. You’ve got some serious anger management issues if you’re that vindictive to bicyclists and that blindly biased against them.” And the fourth: “What a disgusting article. In addition to suggesting injuring or killing a bicyclist is justified by a few seconds delay, Milloy also suggests cyclists don’t deserve city services because they may be white and new to DC.” On and on we go, and the Post is perfectly fine with it. Remind me again, why do any of us continue to read this click-bait?