Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Media: A Whole Lot of Pit Bullies

The past couple of days I have had my eyes glued to the internet due to this possible Texas Pit Bull ban. I have been searching Google once every two hours to see if there is any new info. During my searches I find very little about Texas, and a lot about Pit Bull attacks. There is page after page after page of Pit Bull attacks, many of them covering the same attack. This changed my interest to the media bias against Pit Bulls. It has been proven that media reports much more about Pit Bull attacks than other dogs. The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) has presented more than once proofs of this media bias. Below is one of their studies.

The NCRC did a quantitative study of dog-bite reportage over a 4 day period in 2007.

August 18, 2007: 70 yr. old man attacked by Labrador Retriever. He was sent to the hospital in critical condition. The dog was shot by the police after it charged them.
There was one article posted in the local paper.

August 19, 2007: 16 mo. old child received fatal head and neck injuries after being attacked by a mixed-breed dog.
This attack was reported twice in the local newspaper.

August 20, 2007: Six yr. old boy hospitalized after having his ear torn off and a severe bite to the head by a mixed-breed dog.
Reported in one article in the local newspaper.

August 21, 2007: A 59 yr. old woman was attacked in her home by two Pit Bulls. She was hospitalized with sever but not fatal injuries.
This attack was reported in over 230 articles in national and international newspapers, as well as major television news networks including CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.

The NCRC also did this study in 2006. You can view it here.

It is also a fact that any dog that even minutely resembles a Pit Bull will be labeled a Pit Bull. I believe I have posted this at an earlier point but I am going to post it again. This link includes 20 different pictures of 20 different dogs. Only one is an American Pit Bull Terrier. Can you find the APBT? Unfortunately, if ANY of those dogs pictured attacked some one, I guarantee they would be labeled as a Pit Bull even though 19 of them aren't.

The fact of the matter is the media is a bunch of bullies. I have one thing to say to them. "Hey Media, DON'T BE A PIT BULLY."

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