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You got me Drew. I admit that I told the truth about my experience with the
bike rather than let my political view skew my impressions. I find the truth
to be satisfying and addictive, but it can also be troublesome when it is
misinterpreted by those whose agendas allow a bias to obscure their vision.
No money has ever changed hands for an NSMB.com bike test and we often test
bikes from those with whom we have no advertising nor business relationship.
We have never pursued advertising related to E-bikes and no company has tried
to buy it from us.
One of the conclusions one might come to based on my findings is that these
bikes are going to be popular, because they are fun. And that information may
be a call to arms for some, and if a call to arms is necessary it should
probably happen sooner than later. If you'll notice this has stirred up
emotions and challenged people to form an opinion, some of whom may not have
had an opinion before.
Perhaps this is high falootin of me - but I consider myself a journalist;
someone who has the responsibility to examine the issues before us with as
much objectivity and consideration as possible without allowing personal
biases to avoid challenging topics or conceal information.
It was pretty clear to me that this article would make some people see red,
make others declare they never want to visit our site again and make very few
people in our audience happy. And to me fear is a terrible reason to avoid
telling the truth.
I plan on continuing to tell the truth and to tackle challenging topics with
the hope that our audience is intelligent and objective enough to appreciate
that. Otherwise this little endeavour of ours wouldn't be worth the effort.
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