No Breach in Code of Ethics
Canada - The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CFRB) defended a recent segment on the Michael Coren show about pit bull attacks. Coren said that all pit bulls should be killed and that pit bull owners were morons and trash. The panel concluded that the comments did not violate the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics.
Michael Coren said that pit bulls should be "rounded up and put to sleep," and that pit bull owners are "white trash, semi-criminal[s]." He now joins the mayor of Wanganui, Michael Laws, who recently said that pit bull owners are "insane," and that pit bulls should be "put down." Both media figures were slapped with complaints by pit bull advocates.
In the case of Coren, the panel found that his favoring of pit bulls being put to sleep was an opinion and entitled to air. On the subject of pit bull owners, the panel did not agree with the assertion that the host was advocating violence toward pit bull owners. Overall, the panel found that Cohen's remarks were reflective of a dog owners' lifestyle choice.
The remarks were not reflective of an innate human characteristic, such as gender or the color of one's skin.
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