Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2002 12:21 PM | Contributed by Jeff
A source for CoasterBuzz has indicated that the CBS Early Show is planning a segment on regulation and ride-related injuries that will include Congressman Ed Markey and a representative from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). The debate is supposed to air around 7:40 a.m. EDT, Wednesday morning on CBS.
I certainly hope that IAAPA gets in a strong argument. It would do very well for the viewing audience to understand better what this debate really is - sensationalized nonsense designed to win votes through absolutely no merit.
I just hope that the IAAPA rep comes armed with a proper argument. Honestly, I don't think the IAAPA arguments (which basically boil down to, "Rides are safe; just look at the statistics.") are very strong arguments.
IAAPA really has to develop strong arguments that have been completely thought out, avoiding the chance that Markey can "poke holes" in their logic. Whoever is going to be on should probably be, to some extent, arrogant in order to present a much stronger argument. The IAAPA representative must be able to know when to present Markey with different statistics, because if the whole argument is statistics, it really has no substance. I sure hope this turns out well, and I will be watching it before I go off to tennis.
I agree with NitroExplodes. IAAPA is a large organization and they are the ones who know how to debate this. Tonight bioth sides are working on their debating stategy, but IAAPA has one advantage, they have the truth on their side.
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Can someone tell me exactly what Markey is trying to accomplish? Does he want signs posted on every ride saying that you can be hurt or killed? If so, you might as well put those signs on airplanes, cars, bicycles, skateboards, trains, street crossings, and sidewalks. Does he want all the rides demolished? Does he want attention? Fame? I can't figure him out.
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