Lifting Its Leg Against the Hydrant of Journalism, the Toronto Star Editorial Board Weighs In

The other day, I posted about that bafflingly bad article in the Toronto Star about pit bulls. Today, their editorial page doubled down on the codswallop. “Pit bull ban is working,” the headline in the print edition insisted. “The evidence is in,” the editorial proclaims, “and it should be enough to muzzle any further attempt to reverse Ontario’s successful pit bull ban.”

Wait. Two reporters, in what the Star hyperbolically describes as an “investigation,” went through one set of data from one municipality (or as the Star puts it, they “crunched” numbers) and drew some questionable conclusions utterly lacking in context. As a friend with much more knowledge of the craft than I have put it, “Where was the journalism?”

Now, this has been compounded with anecdotal references to a number of admittedly grisly attacks. And if you disagree, well, you’re just as misguided as those American gun nuts.

In a moment of unintentional hilarity, the editorial informs us, “It’s a misnomer to call it a ban.” Indeed. So how come your headline calls it a ban, and the headline on your website uses the B-word twice?

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