Monday, March 16, 2009

Sensationalist reporting

A story in the Dominion Post today Tiny just wants a fare go on a 160kg man who is an experienced bus driver and wants to continue driving is sensationalist. Bus drivers have to be 125kg or less and they have annual health checks to ensure excessive weight is not gained while driving. So what makes this 177kg man special above any other person over 125kg who wants to be a bus driver - and is experienced?

Nothing. But had this man not been in wheelchair-bound due to an amputated leg this story would not have been written. Poor heavy crippled experienced bus driver can't get a job because the bus rules are mean. And having him sitting in that chair with his chest and stomach puffed out makes it even more sensationalist. Perhaps that's why it is on page three.

If anyone reading this blog is an experienced bus driver and has been rejected because they are too heavy, do get in touch. Especially if you are really fit and play rugby.




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April 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an example of loads of sensationalist news -

December 20, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

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