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Kyle Dyer dog-bite story on Today show: 9News fighting to keep footage off Internet

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Patti Dennis.
This morning, the Today show is reporting on the Kyle Dyer dog bite without running video of the actual incident.

Why not? The story, on view below, announces that NBC -- the parent network of 9News -- has decided not to feature the footage, and adds that the Denver station has actively sought to keep the clip off the Internet.

The reported reason: The bite, by an Argentine Mastiff named Max who was rescued from an icy pond the previous day, has been traumatizing for staff members.

No doubt that's the case. But it's equally true that many items shown by TV stations on news broadcasts are traumatizing for the friends and family of the people involved. Think of the late January hit-and-run for which Taylor Jo Mathis was arrested. In that case, 9News and many other outlets in town ran surveillance footage of the car striking two people, with one sent airborne by the impact.

Was this any less traumatizing for the victims and their loved ones than was the sight of a giant dog lunging at Dyer's face was for her co-workers? Probably not. But 9News ran it anyway, because it was newsworthy -- and that was the right choice.

Even though video of what happened to Dyer is news, too, Channel 9 news director Patti Dennis phoned Westword to request that the video be taken down. However, we're applying the same standards in this case as we would with stories that don't feature members of the media. To see the video, click here -- and watch the Today show report below. Note that there's a weird pause, possibly an edit, at about the 1:18 mark, during a reference to clips of the incident on the web.

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Madisonagility
Madisonagility

What an overreaction. I'm sure the bite hurt but it was a second long. What does she have, 2 punctures? And who did the research for this story? They let an unvaccinated, intact, aggressive breed on the morning news, one day after being traumatized. Good job media.

let them eat cake
let them eat cake

A dog is an animal, therefore unpredictable. How much does a rescue cost, and will the dog be reimbursing the search & rescue team, or do we just chalk it up to practice for the responders?

A. Wyatt Mann
A. Wyatt Mann

White wimminz!  Chompy chompy!  Like master, like dog.

namijoh
namijoh

Wow, looking at the 9News website this evening, it looks as if they have put away all the bad and scary crime stories - no shootings, no rapes - man, Kyle Dyer gets bit and the Denver metro turns into a Utopian society. Which one do we line up to get bit next?

jazy
jazy

She didn't know the dog, the dog didn't know her.  It was a mistake to put her face that close to it's mouth. Animals get nervous around people they don't know and it might have felt threatened by how close and hands-on she got with him so quickly.  It is terrible that she had to go through that, but you also can't blame the dog.  It seems ridiculous to me that they are charging the owner, given the circumstance of why they were there in the first place.  However, a responsible owner should keep the dogs shots up to date.

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

Add this blatant double standard to the many technical screw-ups and even dead air they've been having at 9News recently and it's time for Dennis to get pink slipped.

Where's Ed Sardella, when you need him? It's been downhill for them since he left.

Mkavanagh519
Mkavanagh519

The same people who go through amazing lengths to report and video tape anything horrific, (the worse, the better it seems to be) happening to ''everyday'' people. Then a horrible story unfolds involving ''one of them'' a co-worker non the less, not just ''everyday'' people. Suddenly dispite having a SHOCKING HEADLINE STORY and excellent LIVE FOOTAGE of the event, its not something they feel needs to be shared with the world and broadcasted!!! Just goes to show they do know what they're putting people through when they're ''just trying to get the story'', they just dont give a shit!!! BASTARDS!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So .... where is the link to the Deborah Sherman swinging sex video ??

I'd buy that for a dollar !

Xyz
Xyz

Patti Dennis can go fuck herself. Traumatic to staffers? For real? What a joke. I'm sorry for Kyle, getting nipped by a large dog - anywhere - is likely to hurt.

But what passes as news/standards at KUSA is a joke. Oh, and good job on the Sherman story too. Nice HR move, lay low, no repercussions because of an impending award. Wait 6 months or so, then let her go.

Jack
Jack

This was her fault because she leaned down and put her face right up to his face.  You never do this to a dog you don't know well because it makes them feel threatened.  The owner should not be cited for the bite.  The decision to repress the video is a ridiculous double standard.  It's all over the net anyway and you don't even see the anchors face when the dog bites her.  

Reconstruction, Indeed
Reconstruction, Indeed

Jesus Christ, Patti. What have you done to YOUR face? I remember when you used to look human, instead of a 60-ish Rachel Maddow.

C.J.
C.J.

So the next time something that "traumatizes" the staff, it's not going to air? What about if it "traumatizes" viewers? Or is this "news judgment" only when it's convenient for the bigwigs who sit in glass offices sipping their Chardonnay just to protect their own, who clearly screwed up?

Ridiculous double standard, proving once again that TV stations aren't about news or journalism. Just about the show.

9News. Where news comes first -- but only when our staffers aren't traumatized and there's video that our anchor screwed up.

backscratch
backscratch

Patti Dennis hates it when she feels that the subjects of her station's stories are controlling them or being less than transparent.   However, her handling of Deborah Sherman's 'relationship' with the adult swingers club as well as this incident are just two examples in which she is unable to control or manage the perfectly coiffed image she has built of her cosmetic, mindless anchors delivering cosmetic mindless news.  She is living in a very strange world that is very different than the world that really exists outside of her lair on Speer Blvd.  Ick.

BrinkleysGhost
BrinkleysGhost

NBC and 9News apply a despicable double standard.  In the name of ratings, they wantonly publish a mass murderer's manifesto immediately subsequent to the killings at Va Tech with the NBC logo prominently displayed on each image (so as to maximize NBC exposure), yet a dog bite is too traumatizing.  I didn't think your exploitation of victims could get any worse, but somehow you found a way to slap all previously exploited victims in the face again.

You opened Pandora's Box years ago NBC and 9News and became the laughable tabloid that you are today.  No wonder you've stooped to broadcasting your "journalists" swilling wine and acting like buffoons.  Do us all a favor and switch to broadcasting infomercials 24/7 and call it a day.

Ginge
Ginge

It's a sad story. The reporter obviously loves animals and was very sweet with the dog. But she made a mistake by moving in with her face. I am glad they are not going to punish the dog. The owner was as surprised as anyone you can tell. My cat bites me sometimes (he doesn't have claws) and I am reminded -- they ARE animals after all -- WILD animals that have been "domesticated." Thank God it wasn't worse. And that it wasn't more dramatic -- on TV. Suppressing the video makes it worse. 

Chris
Chris

So when a pitt bull, Doberman, rottie, staff are born do you really think it's born aggressive? There is no such thing as an aggressive breed a dog is what you make it. So next time you think about calling something aggressive do your home work because the dog gives clear signs telling her I'm not happy with you being so close to me. look at the whites on the eyes, the tong flicks and how he turns his head away, all this is a conversation she misses and so he has no choose other than to bite.

Drock00013
Drock00013

70 stitches is more than 2 punctures, they dont stitch bite punctures...I can relate ive been bit in the face and had my lip ripped open...it only takes A second for a large dog to do damage..if the dog was aggressive it would have tore the face off the rescue guy and he sure as hell wouldnt have put his hands near the dogs mouth after the bite..the lady messed up shes the reason she got bit..not the dog... friendly, nutless, up to date dogs will bite if provoked, challeneged or threatenedOverreaction? LOL Im sure the bite DIDNT hurt...the bites dont hurt..its after the bite... Id like to see your reaction to a large breed that just grabbed your face (or bite you in general bc youve prolly never been bit with comments like that) and all you know is, that a large breed dog just tugged on your face and you feel warmth and have no idea how bad it is...she reacted pretty calm reaction for someone who currently has their mouth stitched shut, so the skin graft will take...she didnt get bit because the dog was intact, unvaccinated, an "aggressive" breed, or post trauma...she got bit because she challenged him...she displayed herself as a threat unintentionally...Im sure the media was like "yea hes gonna bite her this morning she volunteered, bring him on the 7am show" No, obviously none of the things you said were a factor because the dog was friendly.

Chris
Chris

So the fate that the dog gaze clear warnings like showing the whites of the eyes, doing tong flicks and turning the head away isn't good enough for you? So next time you wright animals are unpredictable do your home work and I think you'll find it was the human at Fult

Dog behaviourist.

Chunchuna1
Chunchuna1

How many dogs rescue people? Do they get reimbursed or paid for their heroism...  Remember Katrina and 9/11...  ASS!!!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting observations, Namijoh. Thanks for sharing them.

Chunchuna1
Chunchuna1

I understand what you are saying...  But, what was the last Rabies incident in a dog you have heard of???  In So. Florida now your dog gets a 3 year shot...  Catch is, the county wants you to pay for the license every year and if you forget, they fine you ten times the amount and have the right to place a lien in your home!!!  

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Quite the post, Mkavanagh -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats, and thanks for weighing in.

Chunchuna1
Chunchuna1

Yeah!!!  "Reconstructive Surgery"???  The dog nipped her in his own right...  How do you go and put your face in a dog's???  And she was smothering poor Max all over his head and face.... Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!!!

Ernesto Raphael
Ernesto Raphael

9news sucks.  I stopped watching it years ago.  Their pseudo chumminess is stomach-turning.  I can only watch news4 or sometimes channel 2 news.  Its nice to see that someone else sees 9news for what it really is.  Thanks.  Nice moniker by the way.

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