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September 15, 2010

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Bryan

The unfortunate reality is that yellow journalism is standard operating procedure for pretty much all news outlets. Dog attack stories don't usually have much, if any, real content to them. So the media uses the most colorful language they can in their headlines and in the body of their stories to get people to read. I see the blurbs about Jordan Spark's run in with a "pit bull" in New York as current example. Described as "horrific" and "terrifying" yet Mrs. Sparks brushes it off. Must not have been that horrific.

This problem is not unique to dog attack stories either. It's common practice with many aspects of the news, particularly anything that might invoke fear or anger in their readers / viewers. Immigration, the economy, natural disasters, crime, etc. The fact is that media is a money making industry just like anything else and their product is neither truth nor even information. They sell advertising and the stories we read simple create the value.

EmilyS

in the case of the Sparks incident, despite the attack involving (according to the news report) "locking jaws" the only injury was a bruise. No blood, no bite.

Torrent Download

This problem is not unique to dog attack stories either. It's common practice with many aspects of the news, particularly anything that might invoke fear or anger in their readers / viewers. Immigration, the economy, natural disasters, crime, etc. The fact is that media is a money making industry just like anything else and their product is neither truth nor even information..

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