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May 11, 2009
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OK cyclingnews, there is apoint at which journalism simply becomes diatribal, and, try as I might and sometimes fail, I do attempt to read both sides of the Armstrong controversy. However, Benson's piece, "the United States of Omerta," is nothing short of egotistical nonsense.

The last thing the anti-doping effort needs in a kind of reverse jingoistic nationalism that declares anything but slavish devotion to the author's opinion, to be ... the enraptured omerta of an ENTIRE NATION?

Does Mr. Benson not venture into this forum at all? Unaware of the multitude of Lance Haters out there?

One must assume so, because he is also apparently blissfully unaware, nor does he address, any of the most common criticisms of the current USADA process, criticisms that are coming from within governing agencies (just not those that we constantly hear from all the time in the Lance bashing), average people, and even from across the peloton!

Nah, what cycling really needs is a hyperbolist insulting entire nations with conspiracy theories clearly at odds with reality.

Shame on you cyclingnews for allowing something that falls well below your journalistic standards. Some of us come here looking for news, not to have our country slammed for not signing up for partisan politics masqarading as justice, even though such efforts begin in the very country he is slamming ...

Maybe you should create an OP-ED section for such crap, and leave it off the nominal news feed.
 
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gree0232 said:
OK cyclingnews, there is apoint at which journalism simply becomes diatribal, and, try as I might and sometimes fail, I do attempt to read both sides of the Armstrong controversy. However, Benson's piece, "the United States of Omerta," is nothing short of egotistical nonsense.

The last thing the anti-doping effort needs in a kind of reverse jingoistic nationalism that declares anything but slavish devotion to the author's opinion, to be ... the enraptured omerta of an ENTIRE NATION?

Does Mr. Benson not venture into this forum at all? Unaware of the multitude of Lance Haters out there?

One must assume so, because he is also apparently blissfully unaware, nor does he address, any of the most common criticisms of the current USADA process, criticisms that are coming from within governing agencies (just not those that we constantly hear from all the time in the Lance bashing), average people, and even from across the peloton!

Nah, what cycling really needs is a hyperbolist insulting entire nations with conspiracy theories clearly at odds with reality.

Shame on you cyclingnews for allowing something that falls well below your journalistic standards. Some of us come here looking for news, not to have our country slammed for not signing up for partisan politics masqarading as justice, even though such efforts begin in the very country he is slamming ...

Maybe you should create an OP-ED section for such crap, and leave it off the nominal news feed.

Not everyone wears rose colored glasses like yours, fortunately.
 
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Thanks for a good one D Benson!

I disagree with the OP.

Thank you CN and D Benson for writing an article about the sad state of pro cycling where grown men can't comment about their sport's drug problem.

Only way to bring change to cycling is for people to talk about the doping and to break the silence that has allowed for so much corruption to fester in the sport for far too long.
 
Sep 25, 2009
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not defending benson or the cn. in fact, i consider their news coverage inferior to other cycling sources... but shame on you gree, not benson and the cn.

shame on you for not recognizing the simple message in benson's article - your nation's cycling brass stupefying silence in the face of the devastating (if not obvious) doping accusations of armstrong.

this has absolutely nothing to do with anti-americanism as you try to spin it. after all, the usada and race radio, and perhaps the majority of the clinic 'haters' are as american as it could be.

it has everything to do with your ignorance... ignorance of america's ways when it comes to adoring, canonizing, dethroning or folksinging your perceived heroes.

this i do find unique to america. though it did not bother me personally too much to move my family...

bottom line, you are defending a fraud with the passion better served to improve america.
 
I think you are mistaken in thinking the author is referring to...."the enraptured omerta of an ENTIRE NATION?" .

IMO he's just uses the words "the United States of Omerta," because it sounds like ""the United States of America" and it may get a an otherwise uninterested reader's attention.

Cuz Amuricans like reading about Amurica.

:p

I like reading aboot Canada eh.
 
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I find the story like 10 years short of relevance or at least reporting relevance. Not until Lance is up against the ropes and barely standing does CN decide to come in with a pot shot. I guess if you call coming in late in the game to pick up the trash points journalism.. well to each their own. What next a shot at Ligget after everyone and their gimpy dog has? All the years of reporting "alegations" and hearsay now they take a stance :D Bill is probably LHAO!
 
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I liked the United states of omertà article. The points made about the silence from American riders justified the poetic title in my view.

The news about Pats latest noises re Armstrong was very welcome too. Reporting not only the sound bite of today, but the UCIs several positions throughout the process as well as the timing of their change of plans, spells the situation out pretty well for anyone who is paying attention. That bunch of pat quotes at the end was comedy gold too, what an embarrassment he is for cycling.

I don't agree with anyone who says CN has just now started this type of reporting about the landis/Armstrong/UCI saga either. I remember a number of good articles from Dan Benson over at least the last few years. Articles where he pointed out such things as the missing lawsuit against Landis for example.

Sure we would always like more of it in more depth, but I still think CN are doing a good job of reporting this given the nature of their business. Cheers.
 
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nice try gree0232............you sure are a tryer however many times your knocked back you bounce up.............lance is ok blah blah blah

just think why lance is hated so much..........fraud.. lying.. cheating ..oversized ego.. greed etc etc

why don't you become a journalist? give the people the truth..........always!

then you could write a good article like cn's d benson