OK, now they’ve gone and made me mad.
From the get go, I wasn’t a fan of “b” — the Baltimore Sun’s free and fluffy publication that made its debut this year.
The free part is fine, but the idea of putting out a dumbed-down, celebrity-laden, depth-free daily newspaper, when the regular newspaper is headed in that same direction, b-fuddled me.
On the other hand, it’s generally a pretty b-nign publication — like one of those bugs that makes annoying noises in your ear but doesn’t sting or bite.
Today, though, one of its “content providers” (what we used to call writers) made this remark in reference to the story of the Berwyn Heights mayor whose two dogs were killed by police in a poorly thought out marijuana bust:
“It’s not like these dogs were pit bulls, foaming at the mouth ready to bite off the officers’ legs. They were Labrador Retrievers …”
I think it might b-hoove “b” — and the rest of the news media — to learn a little more about pit bulls and avoid using and reinforcing the easy and erroneous stereotypes.
This is the sort of thing that happens, though, when you take the quick, easy and, above all, cheap approach to producing newspapers.
I’m not sure what the consensus is on “b” in Baltimore, but in my opinion (also free) it adds little to the conversation, and the resources devoted to it are taking away from the fine newspaper Baltimore once had.
Being a former Sun reporter, I don’t want to come across as disgruntled, or for that matter, gruntled, for I am neither. But slurring an entire category of dog raises my hackles.
Maybe, with all the other bumper sticker variations you see around town of the former Baltimore mayor’s lingering (BELIEVE) slogan, it’s time to add one more to the mix: