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Kyle Dyer dog bite: Kirk Montgomery on Facebook controversy, her condition

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Kirk Montgomery.
While covering the fallout from the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we noted the disappearance of a controversial Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery and wondered if he'd been pressured to remove it. News director Patti Dennis denied any censorship and called such speculation "immoral." Now, Montgomery reveals that he removed the post himself due to the reaction of some Facebookers to Dyer's injury.

The topic arose on a segment of Peter Boyles's KHOW radio program in which Westword editor Patricia Calhoun and I participated. During the conversation, we discussed a guest commentary by former Denver Post staffer John Moore entitled "Fox-31's handling of dog bite video flips 9News the bird," which stated that Montgomery "wrote there's a special place in hell for whoever at the local Fox affiliate has chosen to keep airing the slowed-down video of a dog biting 9News co-anchor Kyle Dyer's lip on live TV." However, that post and another by Montgomery are no longer on view at the Facebook page where they originally appeared.

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Patti Dennis.
Because another bite-related Facebook post by a 9News staffer (co-anchor Gary Shapiro) had also vanished, and since Dennis had phoned various news outlets on the day of the incident asking that they refrain from airing video of what took place, rumors of a cover-up effort naturally began to circulate. But Montgomery tells us that nothing of the sort took place. Instead, he removed the post Moore mentions, as well as other notes, because many of the Facebook comments he received attacked Dyer.

"All I have ever tried to do is try to shield a friend and co-worker from the people who have somehow placed blame and turned this into a horrific debate, with name-calling and unnecessary posts of hate on her own public page," he says.

Montgomery attempted to convey these feelings in a February 13 post in which he discussed Dyer's injuries after she had shared details in a Facebook item of her own. The message reads:

I saw Kyle Dyer today. She wanted to express how grateful she is for everyone's well wishes. She now needs time to heal. It could be a month, but she will return. As some of you may know, she posted a message on her public-figure page thanking everyone as well. And after her post, I can now reveal just how serious her injury was.

She lost half of her upper lip, lost a tremendous amount of blood and she has 75 stitches. Her lips are now sewn shut after extensive skin-grafting. I knew the injury was far worse than people thought, but out of respect for Kyle, I withheld the information until she felt ready to share the news herself. Everyone needs to heal now -- Kyle, her family, the dog and the dog's family and our morning crew staff, who were traumatized by the event.

This incident has been so polarizing for people that some of the comments on Kyle's public page make me sick to my stomach. I will never understand the ignorance and hate of some people. I even had to change my own privacy settings on Facebook after I was attacked on my own wall. The vile, horrible things people are saying. So if you are reading this, you are one of my "friends." No one else can comment or post on my wall.

So much has been said, so much blame and name-calling, it has really shaken me to the core. It was a traumatic incident for everyone, and now that the severity of her injuries has been made public, I hope those "haters" will look themselves in the eye and feel shame. If you don't agree, please de-friend me now. It's time to heal.

According to Montgomery, this post generated 400 positive comments. But when he subsequently shared his thoughts about Fox31's use of the dog-bite video referenced in Moore's guest commentary, a number of nasty takes popped up again. Their presence so distressed him that he removed the original item and took a self-imposed hiatus from Facebook to reflect on the experience, unwittingly prompting censorship suspicions.

Here's a Facebook post from this week in which Montgomery did his best to defuse the situation.

There has been a lot of speculation today in the press and misinformation. Let me set the record straight. I took a break from social media last week because I was overwhelmed by the negativity and I was too close to the story. I'm also an emotional guy. Somehow that has led to allegations that 9News suspended or censored me. That is totally false. No one ever said a word to me. I deleted my post criticizing the choice of another station because it added more fuel to the fire, which was not my intent. Could I have phrased it differently? Perhaps. But my opinion, and it is just my opinion, remains the same. As I have said all along, let's move forward, learn and heal for everyone involved. Thank you.

Kyle Dyer.
"I have never had any conversation with anyone from 9News about anything I post," he elaborates, "whether it's my opinion on a film or making fun of Christina Aguilera during my online chat about The Voice. My opinion is my own, and there's never been any discussion with anyone at the station."

Regarding Dyer's recovery, Montgomery says it's progressing very well. "She's very optimistic," he adds. "She's a very upbeat, optimistic person, and the last time I saw her, she seemed to be in good spirits."

Nonetheless, he believes that the biting incident "has been a tragedy on so many levels -- and it really now is time to let Kyle and her family, and the dog and the dog's family, heal. We just need prayers and healing for everyone involved. And let's all hope we can learn something from this."

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Enough!
Enough!

Bleh, I'm so sick of every single person within 100 miles of this story -- tired of TV egomaniacs reminding us they see themselves as much, much more important than the people people they typically cover (serious, this is reaching media frenzy level ... over a dog bite); sick of the people defending an aggressive breed of dog that bit someone (duh); sick of the commenters full of hate, stupidity and moronic grammar; sick of Westword peddling gossip over a non-story, aka Occupy.

Jon
Jon

I call foul, Westword. Patti Dennis's face is causing me nightmares. Good god, lady. Ease up on the "work."

Leslieslote
Leslieslote

Jeez, try 17 hrs. of open heart surgery and then get back to me. She'll be fine, and probably won't repeat the behavour that led to this painful, but recoverable, incident. Good luck, Kyle.

Bill
Bill

Oh, for crying out loud. 9News is exploiting Dyer with this POS piece tonight. The tinkling piano music. And where's the human dignity of showing Dyer just after surgery? 9News -- where exploitation comes first.

Broker044
Broker044

Kyle, Patty and the rest of the people at 9 News -- I didn't read about the recent "controversy" until yesterday.  Kirk, good for you for going after the morons who spew hate, whether in or outside of your profession.  I can't imagine what horrible, miserable, pathetic creatures write this kind of vile, thoughtless hatred.  How could anyone who knows about Kyle's accident offer anything other than kindness and prayers.  As far as the fact that Patty is "hiding" the story? Really??? I think it's called human dignity.  If she would have aired the accident, I'm certain 9 News would have lost many viewers.  Patty Calhoun and Co. need to get real jobs.  Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially, of course, Kyle D.

Guest
Guest

Of course 9News had Kirk delete his comment.  Do you really think he is going to admit it now that they've been called on it?  What about Gary Shapiro's post?  I bet Kirk is in hot water and that there has been a memo sent to staff reminding them not to comment on ANYTHING that happens at 9News. 

Mamie Watts
Mamie Watts

Mr. Montgomery would do well to remember that Channel 9 has its own public relations department.  I wonder if he had Ms. Dyer's permission to speak for her and her family, and share as much information as he did?This is a little man that loves the limelight, try to remember: "Least said, soonest mended."

Guest
Guest

Give me a freaking break!!  So let's get this straight the news will share and post other peoples misfortunes EVERYDAY. When it is too close to home and affects people in the media directly all of a sudden they want it to be censored.   This is the exact reason why I have chosen not to watch the news anymore.

Muddy B. Rats
Muddy B. Rats

Some people just cannot handle the truth.  I saw some of those posts.  I saw nothing terribly wrong with them.  We live in a world where we can just wash away what we don't like, and don't want to hear, or see.  The worst comments I saw came from a 9News person.  

While I feel terrible about what happened to Kyle, I have been bit on the face by a dog in my lifetime - but I was about 5 years old.  What 9News did to get a story was wrong.  What the dog owner did was wrong.  Someone should have used some common sense and NOT had that dog on TV the next day after his rescue.

I think what upset me the most was the lack of coverage and updates given about Max while he was in captivity.  Who is going to pay, or did pay, the fees and fines?  How is Max doing now that he's back home?  

I look forward to hearing about Kyle's progress from the online updates I've been seeing.  I look forward to her on air return on 9News.  I hope she doesn't get too spoiled being home with her girls everyday - I know I would!

TwitterNot
TwitterNot

And the lesson to be learned is....there are alot of crazy people trolling the internet, looking to vent.  If you want to keep something private, don't post public statements.

That Montgomery is just learning this, speaks volumes about his judgment, and whether his statements are out of private concern, or the desire to show how sensitive and caring he is through social media.  In the old days, I didn't see alot of press releases about visiting someone in the hospital.  If Kyle is really your friend, talk to and support her.  Shut the hell up to everyone else.

Sue Reddick
Sue Reddick

Kirk, I feel so bad that some people have no class and would write negative comments about the incident with Kyle and the dog. They don't deserve any negativity and neither do you. All of you at 9 news are a family and families take care of each other and protect them. God bless all of you. Stay happy and give Kyle out best wishes. Sincerely, sue reddick

HaHa
HaHa

So sick that you jumped right into it...with one long run-on sentence.

Thanks for the irony!

C.J.
C.J.

 Let's see if you're singing the same song and dance the next time something horrific in this cowtown happens and 9News airs it over and over again, even though not airing it would fall under the "human dignity" aspect you're citing. Cut the garbage. 9News is nothing but a Volkswagen with a bunch of clowns in it racing around town looking for the next gotcha photo shoot. But when it happens to one of their moronic employees, then it's about "human dignity." When it's someone else, it's about ratings gold. Can't have your cake and eat it with Chardonnay too.

Whatever
Whatever

Hear, hear!  Let's hear it for 9News affording the same amount of dignity in this dog-bite case that they afforded to the families of the victims of the Va Tech killer, when they refused to air the killer's manifesto!

Oh wait, I must be in some alternate reality where 9News isn't so miserable, pathetic, vile and thoughtless as to capitalize on murder victims by satisfying a mass-murderer's dying wish and encouraging copycat notoriety.

Sure, a dog-bite would've lost many, many viewers.  Get real. 

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Broker. Much appreciated.

Guest
Guest

  Whatever ^^ , you took the words right out of my mouth.  Broker044, did you ever hear the saying "pot meet kettle"?  You are attacking the opinion of others who you don't even know by calling them horrible, miserable, pathetic creatures and morons for simply voicing an opinion via social media.  That is kind of the point of why there IS social media.  It is a platform for opinion, both agreements and disagreements.  As far as 9News not airing the accident .... duh!  It happened live on the station!     Channel 9 is being called on its double standard. It is unfortunate that Kyle was badly injured but the station chose to have her live on the air with that dog and it was her choice to get so close. It is a harsh lesson for her and people should be more kind due to the extent of her injuries.  Kyle is probably getting a good portion of the backlash caused by her employer's handling of the situation.

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