I have to disagree with that statement. The media loves anything you do not hear about often. A traffic accident happens about every few seconds at best. An inner city shooting at least every few minutes. But truely, how often does a biker stir up some real attention, not to often, because the media jumped on it.
There is no real disagreement, one view does not exclude the other, and yes it was newsworthy in part because of how seldom it actually happens.
You just chose to focus in very narrowly on this one event while my statement and the ones that followed are taking the bigger picture into consideration.
Lots of "dogwagging" going on. (go and see a movie called Wag the Dog)
Sorry to hear your friends went down.