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PennLive's Biased Reporting, Sept. 9, 2014

Questioning PennLive's Pit Bull Coverage

Ignorance? Bias? Click-baiting?

September 9, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome Kris Baker; Lori Zimmer, Bad Press; and Jessica Blouch, Pitties Love Peace. They organized a rally in July against PennLive's biased reporting on pit bulls. The Patriot/PennLive is one of Pennsylvania's largest media outlets; it has recently run several negative stories on pit bulls. The issue over PennLive's coverage began with an online Q&A session, which Lori and Jessica participated in. They felt that the reporter who organized the Q&A asked fair and objective questions. Subsequently a different reporter asked them for more information, which was ignored in the articles he then wrote (which heavily relied upon dogsbite.org). Lori was even misquoted. After trying to work with PennLive's editors, they decided to hold the rally. Note the different tone of coverage of the rally in the two articles below.

More information: Bully Lovers Stage Protest over News Coverage (Philly.com) | Pro-pit bull group protests PennLive (PennLive.com; a selection of their pit-bull coverage listed under a "Pit Bull Attacks" sidebar) | Pitties Love Peace | Bad Press | The True Story About Pit Bulls (FB)

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