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No, Michael Vick was NOT Hospitalized In A Pit Bull Attack


Outline

Circulating report claims that US footballer Michael Vick, a man reviled by many for his involvement in dogfighting, has been hospitalized after being attacked by a Pit Bull that escaped its cage and went on a rampage.


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Brief Analysis

Many may ardently wish that the claims in the report were true. However, the report is fictional and originates from the satirical website Empire Sports. Michael Vick has not been injured in a dog attack. The site publishes all manner of fanciful tales, none of which are true.

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Michael Vick Attacked Pit Bull Report

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that is currently making its way around the intewebs, American footballer Michael Vick has been hospitalized after being attacked by a Pit Bull.� Given the man's previous convictions for felony dogfighting, many might see such a scenario as an ironic and fitting payback.

However, the claims in the report are untrue. The report originates from the satirical website Empire Sports. The site specializes in publishing nonsensical stories disguised as sports related news reports. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

Empire Sports is just one among dozens of supposedly satirical websites that have sprung up like poisoned toadstools among the detritus of the online forest. When well done, satire can be an important and revealing form of social commentary. But, alas, much of what passes as satire on the Internet is inane nonsense that only serves to spread misinformation and confusion.



Last updated: February 8, 2014
First published: February 8, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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