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What a difference 20 years makes

The July 1987 Sports Illustrated cover, above, went a long way toward creating the negative stereotype the pit bull has lived under for the past two decades.

This month’s cover, below, and the story that goes along with it, goes a long way toward showing how wrong that stereotype is.

It took 21 years, but I guess we can consider their mistake — blaming the breed, as opposed to what humans have done to it — corrected.

Comments

Comment from Clarice
Time January 10, 2009 at 9:52 am

Michael Vick is in prison and one of his dogs is on the cover of Sports Illustrated. It’s always nice to see karma really does exist.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time January 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

I have nothing but praise for Sports Illustrated for the recent issue with the cover story about Jasmine and the other Vicktory dogs.

Maybe in another 21 years, Sports Illustrated will have evolved enough to dispense with the swimsuit issue.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time January 10, 2009 at 11:55 am

Another prime example illustrative of media widely influencing thought absent countervailing information or challenge.

Today we have access to many sources of expert information but that still requires judgment and understanding.

Comment from scepanskijc
Time January 10, 2009 at 7:08 pm

That pit bull terrier reminds me of a kid I knew in high school! Sweet Jasmine, on the other hand….

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