Pit bulls vs the media abstract by tim beard, christine martin and brett william mauser for 20 years, the city of denver has banned all pit bulls from the city. As proud pit bull parents, the owners of einhorn insurance work daily to educate non-pit bull owners to form their own opinions about pit bulls and less on the media’s perception the general public’s opinion is largely formulated on the media’s incorrect portrayal of pit bulls. The legal definition of a pit bull is a class of dogs that includes several breeds: american pit bull terrier, american staffordshire terrier, staffordshire bull terrier and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs.
The media always says negative/untruthful stuff about pit bulls 1 pit bulls are usually misidentified because so many breeds look like a pit bull or pit bull mix. Attacks by non-pit bull dogs are rarely taken up by national or international media sources a study by the national canine research council reveals biased reporting by the media, its devastating consequences for dogs and the toll it takes on public safety. Pit bulls have gone from being one of the most loved breeds of dogs in our country to being one of the most feared is the media partially to blame i’d say so. Dog bite statistics are based off of media reports found online where pit bull type attacks are proven to be reported thousands of times more often than dog bite stories involving other breeds.
Pit bull two simple words, but so very charged, the reaction to which varies wildly there are their fearful detractors, those who would have them demonized, having fallen prey to the dogs’ misrepresentation in the media. In a lot of cases when the media is reporting about a pit bull attacking, it is indeed not even a pit bull at all, but a mixed breed of some sort, or another bull breed all together for example, there was a report on kyw news in philadelphia about two pit bulls attacking a person. (dogs/dog breed discrimination) pit bulls have been the target of breed-specific legislation for years despite evidence claiming such laws do not diminish the number of overall dog attacks support for these laws is based on the misconception that pit bulls are more dangerous and prone to aggression.
It appears the media show a bias against pit bulls in their reporting of dog attacks animal control officers in the us have reported that when they alert the media to a dog attack, news outlets respond that they have no interest in reporting on the incident unless it involved a pit bull. The idea that pit bulls are hard wired to be vicious toward people is like a modern day reefer madness, fueled by a sensationalist media preying on ignorance and gullibility. The misrepresentation of pit bull breeds in the media has been reflected in american culture as these dogs were incorporated into world war i propaganda, they were perceived as symbols of courage and strength, the archetype of american dog breeds5.
Pit bulls are an amazing breed of dog who just seem to catch a really bad reputation in the media which causes them to get a really bad reputations world wide there are countries that have banned the breed itself just because of some poor examples of terrible owners raising the dogs to be more like weapons than the loving and loyal dogs they naturally are. Typically media outlets aren’t interested in positive pit bull stories because they don’t garner enough attention, but that doesn’t stop most of us from trying when a positive pit bull story goes public rescues are sure to share across social media. And, as time reported in 2013, pit-bull owners all over the country are trying to rebrand the breed, insisting pit bulls can have a softer side when treated humanely. The media's role in amplifying the public's fear of pitbull-type dogs was evident in a study conducted by the national canine research council in 2008 when an arizona woman was killed by one or.
Pit bull fanciers blame the media (newspapers, magazines, television, etc) for sensationalizing the breed and publishing dogfighting pictures that made pit bulls look vicious and terrifying this attracted criminals and people who wanted pit bulls to look tough, as well as those still engaged in illegal dogfighting. By jon bastian if current news reports are to be believed, pit bulls have been attacking and biting humans left and right—to the point that many communities are considering breed-specific bans on pit bulls. In july, the denver post published a provocative article questioning the role of the media in the pit bulls’ “bad rap,” including the tendency to over-report attacks instigated by “pit.