Sunday, April 12, 2020

Signal To Noise

I am done with Cyclingnews and VeloNews. I have unliked/unfollowed them on all social media platforms and I have removed the VeloNews feed that used to reside in the right-hand column of this blog. Because these media organizations continue to glorify the exploits of known dopers and continue to give them the appearance of credibility and relevance by using them as sources even after some of them have received lifetime bans from cycling’s governing bodies, I no longer will support Cyclingnews or VeloNews in any way. There are plenty of other cycling news sources from which to choose—e.g., the governing bodies, the race organizations, the teams, and the riders themselves—and most Cyclingnews and VeloNews content comes from these sources anyway. The difference, as I see it, is that these other sources don’t feel compelled to stir up controversy to generate page visits and advertising impressions, and in general they keep apart from riders who have disgraced themselves and brought our sport into disrepute. If the people who genuinely care about cycling don’t stand up for what is right, then parasitic organizations like Cyclingnews and VeloNews will continue to drag the sport through the cesspool of its shameful past.

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