Posts tagged ‘opposition’

“Media hysteria”

Maul Talkers often say that pit bulls are the victims of “media hysteria”. A Google Search on the terms: media hysteria pit bull yields 14,000 results. It’s the media that makes life miserable for pit bulls; it’s the media that has damaged the breed; it’s the media that creates hysteria about pit bulls… According to Maul Talkers, the only time the media reports (or identifies) a pit bull correctly is when it is a “positive pit bull” article. In any other context, such as a serious or fatal pit bull mauling, the media erroneously identified the dog and once again victimized pit bulls.

The continuing media hysteria generated by bad press and bad owners – Rescueeverydog.org
Breed Specific Legislation and Media Hysteria Make life Miserable for Pit Bull Owners – Pitbulllovers.com
Could have been ANY breed of dog that ‘attacked’ you, BUT since it was a PitBull AND media hysteria, YOU don’t blame THE OWNER. Shame on you. – Onekingstar

The truth about the media is that they report gore and death, and pit bulls rarely fail to deliver. Pit bulls are also the subject of berserking incidents, when a single pit bull attacks and seriously injures multiple people. The media traditionally reports such dramatic events. Back when rabies killed many people, the media reported dramatic headlines like, “FIGHT WITH A MAD DOG.; Policeman Kills It While Its Teeth Are Buried in His Leg.” There was a reason for this too. A bite by a rabid dog without treatment meant a horrible death by hydrophobia.

“You cannot trust the media”

Maul Talkers frequently condemn their critics by claiming a media bias against pit bulls and that one “cannot trust the media.” Google News Archives shows that the term cropped up in the early 1990s after television reporter Wendy Bergen staged a dogfight in her 1991 four-part series, Blood Sport about dog fighting in Colorado. The “cannot trust” term, however, has only been recently (2009) adopted by Maul Talkers.

CB, you seriously can’t trust articles like that. The CDC doesn’t track dog bites by breed, and they never have. For one thing, they don’t trust eyewitnesses to be able to accurately ID dog breeds..
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If you want true, factual information about any of this – this breed, dog bites, dog behavior – sadly, you cannot trust the media to tell you the truth. You’re going to have to do some research yourself, and maybe even go out and meet a pit bull… – kmarie

“The story doesn’t add up”

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A well-trodden response after a serious or fatal pit bull attack by Maul Talkers is, “The story doesn’t add up.” The intention is to minimize the attack by suggesting that something other than the pit bull is responsible for the gruesome crime. Likely parties to blame are the victim or the parent for leaving the child unsupervised. A derivative of this phrase is, “The facts don’t add up.” In December 2017, after pit bull advocate Bethany Stephens was killed by her two pit bulls in a “grisly mauling” in Goochland County, Virginia, variations of this phrase were used thousands of times by pit bull advocates in social media threads.

Barbara Norris, who says she was best friends with the victim, says the dogs she knew would never turn on her friend. She says the account of what happened doesn’t add up. “Those dogs would not attack her,” said Norris. “They’d kill you with kisses.” – Barbara Norris
“We will not take responsibility for something that we believe our dog did not do.” The owners of the pit bull chose to keep their identity disclosed. They say Dziadul’s story doesn’t add up. – Pit bull owners
Why would anyone leave their child unattended, strapped in a highchair, while they are off in another room? Why couldn’t the child go with them? Something just doesn’t add up in this story. What was going on that was sooooo important that the child was left unattended… – Marsha
Why didnt the mother hear the boy crying when it first happened in the bathroom.then the baby got drugged outside,and you mean to tell me the mother didnt hear the baby screaming and crying..and why didnt the mother call 911 instead of calling a neighbor?..something not adding up here. – Dimitri Thierry [Learn more about this story and the “Save Bear” campaign]

“Media sensationalism”

Maul Talkers use the term “media sensationalism” to minimize serious and fatal pit bull maulings. Their intention is to allege that the attack is “no big deal” and is merely a matter of media sensationalism. According to Google News Archives, the term was adopted in the mid 1980’s when the first round of U.S. cities began adopting pit bull laws. The term is also closely related to: media hysteria.

Media should stop the sensationalizing about pit bulls
$2.95 – Chicago Sun-Times – NewsBank – Aug 10, 1987
But since it was a pit bull, the media milked it for all they could. … media start providing more of the truth about these dogs, and less
The Controversy Over Pit Bulls
Pay-Per-View – Los Angeles Times – ProQuest Archiver – Jul 11, 1987
Your editorial “Muzzling the Pit Bull” (July 1) was pure sensationalism. … The time has come for the media to stop …
Council to get Pit Bull Measure Without Staff …
$2.95 – Sacramento Bee – NewsBank – Aug 28, 1987
Other speakers said the ordinance and others like it were becoming popular because of unfair, sensational media coverage
Pit Bull Politics Raises Howl in S. Florida
$2.95 – Miami Herald – NewsBank – Jul 4, 1985
Sensational media attention, they contend, unfairly makes every pit bull seem like a land shark, a four-legged biting machine. …

“Manifesto of hate”

The term likely derives from the novel The Catcher in the Rye. A character in the play and film Six Degrees of Separation called Salinger’s novel a “manifesto of hate” against phonies. The term is strictly used in terms of “class struggle” and subcultures within these classes. Pit bull advocates such as Karen Delise refer to DogsBite.org and others who stand up to the pit bull lobby as authoring a “manifesto of hate”.

Ms. Lynn is purposely deceitful. Her information is worst than garbage, it is a manifesto of hate. – Karen Delise