October 31, 2007

Media catches up

Tuesday uncovered a few more media outlets covering the story of the eleven-year-old boy ordering his dog to attack other children.

I won't be so presumptious as to pretend that letters to the editors from myself and others made a difference. It's probably just the rest of the news organizations catching up to the Toronto Star.

Globe and Mail

City News

The most detailed story to-date is, surprisingly, from the Vancouver Province (the story happened in Toronto).

Vancouver Province

Interesting that two of these three organizations chose to identify the dog as a German Shepherd rather than the Irish Wolfhound / German Shepherd mix that was reported in the original story.

I am constantly reiterating that breed is the least important factor in dog bites. In this case, we have unsupervised children, a dog with a biting history, and a boy that decides to settle his arguments with the others by ordering his dog to attack. Clearly, breed was not the issue here.

It still bothers me, however, when I see these inconsistencies, because it is these very media reports that politicians use to justify breed banning.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

For guys who think they are so smart, politicians are certainly slow when it comes to media credibility.

The kid was probably getting picked on all the time so he went and got his dog to make the bullies leave him alone. Things got out of hand. Big deal.

It's just too bad the dog actually bit the kid, instead of just standing there looking imposing.

It's also too bad the kid couldn't think of another way to solve his problem.

'Breeds' morph all the time in news reports - part of the fun. Makes it sound like a new story each time they run it, fuels the misconception that dog bites are epidemic.

Caveat said...

For guys who think they are so smart, politicians are certainly slow when it comes to media credibility.

The kid was probably getting picked on all the time so he went and got his dog to make the bullies leave him alone. Things got out of hand. Big deal.

It's just too bad the dog actually bit the kid, instead of just standing there looking imposing.

It's also too bad the kid couldn't think of another way to solve his problem.

'Breeds' morph all the time in news reports - part of the fun. Makes it sound like a new story each time they run it, fuels the misconception that dog bites are epidemic.

 
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