“I tell you, it’s Beijing. It’s going to be buses and bicycles. That’s all there’s going to be.”
— Tony Kornheiser, ESPN 980, March 11
I don’t listen to Kornheiser’s bloviations, but others who follow his ESPN 980 show in the Washington, D.C., area say he hates cyclists and frequently inveighs against them.
Here’s a bit of his latest diatribe on March 11:
“I don’t take my car and ride on the sidewalk because I understand that’s not for my car. Why do these people think that these roads were built for bicycles?… They don’t share the road. They dominate the road. They dare you to run them down… And then when you do, they get angry. What is that about?… And so you tap them. I’m not saying you kill them. I’m saying you tap them. Tap them once… If you’re not rubbing, you’re not racing right? So you pop them a little bit and see what happens.”
What prompted the rant was a March 11 story in The Washington Post about a plan to install a pair of bicycle lanes in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol.
You can hear the full audio on You Tube:
Dan Steinberg, who writes the D.C. Sports Bog on The Washington Post Web site, says that Kornheiser’s regular listeners “realize that he’s playing the character of a crotchety old man” who doesn’t like a wide variety of people and things: soccer, soccer parents, cross-country skiers, women basketball players, bloggers, computers, e-mail … and so on.
It may be shtick, not meant to be taken seriously by his regular listeners. And Kornheiser, of course, has a right to his opinions, whether they be about soccer moms, bloggers or bicyclists. But his March 11 remarks seem to cross the line into the realm of incitement to commit a criminal act.
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