People who hate pit bulls – the Merritt Cliftons, the Colleen Lynns – love to treat media “pit bull attack” stories as the gospel truth, where every reporter is a canine behavior expert capable of ID’ing any given breed based on a vague description and supplying lurid details about each “attack”.
So when I saw the news yesterday about a Rhode Island woman who had ordered her “pit bulls” to attack a reporter at her home, I didn’t put much stock in it. Then, this morning, it became a national story – and this is how the media fabricates a “pit bull” attack out of nothing at all.
So this “pit bull attack” – featured nationally, on FOX News, is nothing more than two very playful dogs who would really like this reporter to throw the stick/microphone she’s carrying so that they can fetch it – and despite that she reacts in the dumbest way humanly possible (Pssst! Scared? Be a tree – just like kids do!), she gets away. Having been on the receiving end of actual dog attacks, let me tell you – they don’t look or sound anything like that.
“Pit bull attack?” Hardly. “Friendly dogs try to play with dumbass?” Yep.