branwyne comes across things that just scream for my attention sometimes, like the forward in this dog book written by JIM GORANT.
this pussy cat journalist is a pet peeve of mine. while GORANT is a hero in the eyes of the pit nutter, he is a reckless hack in mine. he doesn't perform basic fact checking and he has no qualms about repeating dangerous propaganda that encourages gullible dupes that it is safe to bring a fighting dog into their homes. GORANT'S sources: AFF and BADRAP. the result was yet another cherry picked sugar coated book about the poor misunderstood abused nanny dog that would make JANE proud.
after handing the rough draft of lost dogs over to his wife to read, doggie fever began its descent on the GORANT household and shortly after he finished polishing the pit bulldog's turd of an image, he set out to add a dog to the family.
GORANT started his search on line, inquiring about dogs that caught his fancy regardless of location until an intelligent friend pointed out the foolishness of his ways.
it was refreshing to see GORANT admit that he is not a good journalist.
given this champion of the underdog's success at bringing the ultimate gladiator into america's living rooms and nurseries, one would think that the GORANT family would naturally gravitate towards the all american nanny dog.
NOPE. instead GORANT chose "the kind of dog who makes people want a dog."
GORANT chose a "spunky snaggle toothed" SCHNAUZER MIX.
no nanny dogs for JIM GORANT'S wife and kids. pit bulldogs are a perfectly fine choice for Darla Napora, Dax Borchardt and Jordan Ryan but like President Obama, pit bulldogs are not suitable for HIS family. and like President Obama, GORANT chose a safe breed for HIS family.
not one for pussy cat journalism, Animal People editor Merritt Clifton wrote an honest review of GORANT'S disingenuous pit bull puff piece.
*pussy cat journalism
The failure of journalists to ask critical questions or raise important
issues in their reporting; usually of controversial subject matter. It
describes the path of least resistance to get a story. As a result, the
story is usually one sided or one dimensional and many important
questions are not raised or dealt with in the reporting.
phrase is borrowed from observing the behavior of domesticated cats: It
is used to describe how a cat may become accustomed to food from a bag
or can, and thereby, its walking circle becomes a smaller path. For
example, from the place where it lounges to the place where the food is
set out in a dish. This cat no longer looks under bushes and hides in a
tree. It is satisfied with the little effort, and enjoys snoozing
whenever it can.
When comparing a native cat, their
walking-about path is much larger. They might not return home for days.
They enjoy spending time outdoors and scrutinizing things longer.
a domesticated cat knows where to look for food, the native or natural
cat might spend more time looking and actually forgo eating, to stay in
place, waiting for the right bird to come along.