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Talk:Bush crashes his bike into Scottish police officer

How is this possibly a good news story? Why is WikiNews descending to the sensational level of the regular media? LET THE POOR MAN FALL OFF HIS BIKE.

It is news as long as it is neutrally reported, without any snide remarks. I've tried to rephrase the last paragraph a bit to address that issue.--Eloquence 7 July 2005 16:33 (UTC)
I agree - it is news worthy.. without the london bombings it actually made the homepage of cnn for a minute. Adidas 7 July 2005 22:08 (UTC)
I disagree. No one would post anything about "President Mungabe of Zimbabwe falls off bicycle". The only reason anyone cares is because Bush is a celebrity. This is on par with writing an article on "Jennifer Lopez seen kissing Brad Pitt in popular New Orleans nightclub". Disclaimer - I am anti-bush (libertarian) --RossKoepke 7 July 2005 23:47 (UTC)
Personally, I think we should be maximally inclusive and only use Template:Notnews to kill a story when absolutely necessary. If someone writes about Mugabe, let them. If someone writes about Bush, let them. Once we have more than 10 stories per day on a regular basis, we need to start thinking about which ones go on the Main Page. And this is where the Bush/bicycle story will likely be considered of minor importance. So, let's first create the problem of having too many stories, and then worry about how to solve it. ;-)--Eloquence 8 July 2005 00:27 (UTC)
Thanks Erik for dealing with that, I knew this would cause a bit of controversy! I felt that with the seriousness and saddness of yesterday we needed something lighter to relax people again after a shocking day. I can tell you that I read first about this on the second page of the best selling broadsheet newspaper (not a tabloid) in Ireland yesterday. I put this in wackyness to reflect the fact that it was not hard news. Oh and if Mugabe falls off his bike I welcome you to write a story on it - as Erik said we should concentrate on the volume first then we can prioritise. If you do a quick google news search you will find 325 results - with CNN, BBC News, The Boston Globe, Aljazeera, The Telegraph, The Observer, and Reuters among them. The worlds most powerful politicin crashs his bike and injures himself at a meeting with the leaders of 7 of the other most powerful countries in the world - I think that is relevent and respectable news... and if it does bring a smile to us Europeans, all the better ;) → CGorman (Talk) 8 July 2005 11:20 (UTC)
Maybe big news corporations covered this incident - but personally i think they shouldn't. A problem with the media today is that they bombard us with nonsense - Wikinews should be different and rather focus on the relevant issues. Just my opinion... -- wortwechsel
It's news. It may not be to your personal taste - but it is news nonetheless. -- Davodd | Talk 8 July 2005 11:45 (UTC)
  • I am a Bush supporter, but even I don't think this is news. It wouldn't be news if we had an article named "Michael Moore cleans out New York City buffet", why does the US president falling off a bike constitute as news? --Mrmiscellanious 15:34, 10 July 2005 (UTC)
If Michael Moore does do that I promise to write an article on it if you want! If this has no place in the news - then why have so many national papers and major news agencies covered it? Oh and as I said before it gave us Europeans something to laugh at on an otherwise horrible day. → CGorman (Talk) 15:38, 10 July 2005 (UTC)
  • Eh, you're right. There should be a little more comedic articles on Wikinews - just, try to make it funnier next time :-) --Mrmiscellanious 15:44, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

Bush Sr. fell off Segway?Edit

I could have sworn it was the other President Bush who fell off the segway, and the picture that circulated depicted him and not the current President Bush... 24.73.48.232 18:43, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

Nope, it was definitely George W, I remember listening to it a few years ago. --Mrmiscellanious 15:20, 11 July 2005 (UTC)
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