The New York Times Cries ‘Wolf’ About Dogs
Times have changed at the Times. The paper now runs lots of splashy, misleading stories about the scare du jour. A memorable one was about the risks of letting your dog lick your face. (Yes, really.)This is how the Times’ crying “Wolf” about dogs came to pass. A “general assignment” reporter tried to craft an article in the traditional manner taught in journalism schools: Toss out a good “hook” for the lede, explicate the issue, include quotes from “experts” on both sides of the issue and end with a snappy closing sentence.
Close contact between humans and dogs, such as petting and licking, has many beneficial aspects. Transmission of infections from dogs to humans is exceedingly rare.
Forbes author, Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist and owner of Bedlington terriers Cracker and Pippa, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology.