RV industry publications ignore major news item

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    By Chuck Woodbury

    We ran an article last week about Ryan Andersen, the owner of Andersen Hitches of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was photographed vandalizing an iconic red rock arch on federal lands near Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. He apologized for the act after the photo was widely circulated on social media.

    The Andersen family with the graffiti behind them.

    The Utah Attorney General in Salt Lake City will likely press charges, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Melodie Rydalch. The maximum penalty for such a violation is a $100,000 fine and one year in prison.

    What disturbs me almost as much as what Andersen did is that now, a week after this news was reported by Utah and Idaho news media, not a single one of the major RV industry news websites mentioned the incident — not RVbusiness.com, RVdailyReport.com, RVnews.com or RV-pro.com.

    Regardless of Mr. Andersen’s intentions in defacing the iconic arch, or his apology, wouldn’t you think that as the owner of a well-known company in the RV industry that his act of vandalism would have been important and highly relevant news to industry publications?

    But no. Silence. My guess is the RV news websites did not want to offend an advertiser or potential advertiser (Andersen’s company) by reporting the incident. If you want evidence of how money influences how news is reported (or not reported, in this case), this is, I believe, a good example.

     

     

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    Dana Nelsen

    Chuck, Dana Nelsen here, publisher of RV News magazine. I found your comments very interesting. I am unique in that in the last 15 years, I have worked at, run or managed all but one of the RV industry trade magazines. No one else in our entire industry can say that, so hopefully that lends credibility to the fact I may have some insight on this. I was a writer, editor and publisher of RV PRO magazine (where I got my start), I was Editor and Chief of RV Trade Digest (God rest its soul) and am the current publisher… Read more »

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    Pat T

    I read the article. Read Mr Andersen’s comments.. I say let it be..let it go… If he had not been caught… He would not have gained the learned lesson. Mistakes in life bring on some powerful passions…it is God’s way of bringing us to the next level.

    Edward Price
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    Edward Price

    I refer you to Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor
    I suspect that most trade publications are composed from press releases, and since Andersen Hitches hasn’t done a press release, the incident never happened.

    MCV
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    MCV

    He made a terrible and foolish mistake, he has apologized and will face a hefty fine. Lesson learned, I’m sure.
    Good grief! Get over your anal witch hunt and drop your pitchfork and torch.

    Darrel
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    Darrel

    People on site asked the vandal to stop. He refused. Then he sent his two sons to change the license plates on their vehicle so he would not get identified. Who carries extra plates and puts them on the wrong vehicle? Only car thieves do that kind of thing!!!

    The man is only sorry he was caught. Period. Now he is in damage control.

    Andrea
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    Andrea

    Wonderful & Informative Article.
    What are these parents teaching those Children re Grafetti too? It’s fine to do it if no one sees ? Makes me ill.
    I hope he gets a fine & the Entire Family has to do C0mmunity Service picking up Garbage in a really Hot area by the Desert. Sad story. Sad. They are the type to leave trash and dog poop in a Campground too. They are not very educated either. Yuk.

    Steven W. Browning, Sr.
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    Steven W. Browning, Sr.

    Spot on Chuck.