Dog Bites Anchor

Here’s a little tip: don’t shove your mug right up into the face of a dog you don’t know. Why? Because it might fu**ing bite you, that’s why.

That’s exactly what happened to to KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer last week and she ended up with 70 stiches in her face. Here’s the video, which is scary, but not graphic. I like the weatherman at the end.

The Argentine mastiff was rescued after falling into an icy pond the day before — a story which would not have not been news at all if the scene had not been captured on video by KUSA’s helicopter. In essence, a story they manufactured came back to bite them. Right in the face.

TV news will go out of its way to show you video of terrible things: fires, car accidents, fights, murder scenes — but when it happens to one of their own? Not so much.

TV Spy reports that KUSA news directory Patti Dennis has tried like hell to supress the video of Dyer being bitten. That’s funnny, because I’m sure she’d be the first to air the video if it happened to an anchor across town.

7 thoughts on “Dog Bites Anchor

    1. Pluto!

      This brings up an interesting point that’s often overlooked in incidents involving dogs: the dog’s perspective. The pooch is in a strange and frightening place and now some lady is invading his space. Not saying it’s OK to bite news anchors, but understandable, maybe?

    1. This Denver story didn’t get as much national exposure as I expected, so I don’t think the TU picked it up, but it’s interesting to consider how the story would have been handled locally, not just here, but in any market.

      It would be featured on page one, but the real bonanza would be online, where they would post the video (which I did as well, so no opinion intended), and also feature the story in numerous blogs. Commenters would then condemn the anchor, the dog, the dog handler, the firefighters who rescued the dog, partially frozen lakes, news helicopters, news anchors, the newspaper, and other commenters.

      Newspaper editors will tell you that one story does not make a significant impact web traffic. That’s right, but what can’t be dismissed is the cumulative effect of handling EVERY story that way. Do that and you are building some traffic.

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