Part of a kid’s face was eaten off by a pit bull the other day, according to theChron
. Now, we all know that pit bulls like nothing better than to dine on the flesh of young children, but if you look closer at this story, you’ll notice something: the only person saying the culprit was a pit bull is the boy’s father, Brandon Palomo. Even though my pit bull is the most loving, docile creature this side of a kitten, I’ll go ahead and concede the fact that every pit bull in the world is actually an inherently evil, vicious, baby-killing machine, because, you know, that’s logical thinking. But the issue here is: no authorities in this story are quoted as confirming that the dog in this case was actually a pit bull. It may very well be, but all we have is the word of Brandon Palomo. This strikes me as weak reporting. Is Brandon Palomo’s word gospel? When theChron
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is working on a late-breaking story on a fire or a murder trial, does the paper seek analysis from Brandon Palomo? Do
editors admonish struggling cub reporters with, “Nice job, Woodward -- where’s the fucking Palomo quote?” Are readers satisfied with, “Well, if Palomo says it, it must be true”? I’m really curious. Maybe I should call Palomo and find out. –Craig Malisow