Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sensational News Reporting

POLICE had to shoot dead two dogs after a teenager was bitten in a vicious attack in Melton South.

Vicious implies severe or significant trauma. The attack involved five dogs. Immediately following the first sentence is the next statement:

Advanced life support paramedics were called to Melton railway station to treat the 17-year-old, who suffered minor leg wounds and bruises in the attack about 1pm last Wednesday.

I am 100% glad the young man is mostly unharmed and that he suffered minor injuries. Even one dog could cause significant damage, let alone multiple dogs.

But the opening of this article is just...weird and pretty darn sensational.

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