September 22nd, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Jim Gorant

With Michael Vick starting for the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, it appears the controversial quarterback’s NFL career has been rehabilitated. Another tale of rehabilitation appears in a book out this week about the 51 pit bulls recovered from Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels.

“The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Recovery and Redemption” is written by Sports Illustrated senior writer Jim Gorant. It chronicles the fate of the 49 remaining dogs. The professional athlete served nearly two years in prison on charges related to the dogfighting ring and mistreatment of the dogs.

Usually animals from illegal dogfighting operations are euthanized, according to Stephen Zawistowski, a psychologist and ASPCA animal behavior specialist who worked on the Vick case. In an interview this week with NPR, he said the $1 million Vick paid in restitution gave the ASPCA a unique opportunity to rehabilitate most of the dogs. In the end, only one was euthanized, while the rest were placed in dog sanctuaries or have been adopted.

Gorant argues that the Vick case may help rehabilitate the reputation of pit bulls as well. "As odd as it may seem, Michael Vick may be the best thing that ever happened to the pit bull,” he told NPR. “He gave the forum to discuss this and make it possible to get the message out there that these dogs are not what they've been made out to be in the headlines, that they really are just sort of dogs." What happened to Vick's dogs?

NPR: The road to recovery for Michael Vick's dogs

Bob Woodward

It’s not your imagination – the renowned Washington Post reporter and associate editor really does publish a book every couple of years containing some sort of bombshell about how a president has handled a crisis. What makes it intriguing is that Woodward does so with the cooperation of each administration he covers, whether the administration really wants him there or not.

Politico’s Mike Allen and John Harris wrote on Tuesday, “Early in President Barack Obama’s term, he and his aides faced a rite of passage familiar to every White House for the past 40 years: What to do about Woodward?”

Clearly the president gave Woodward his time — as did many administration officials. The first glimpse of details from “Obama’s War” made headlines Wednesday in The Washington Post.

When the book hits stores on September 27, readers will find out what an hour-long interview with the young commander in chief revealed about the current U.S. war strategies. The book will also feature standard Woodward elements: Eighteen months of reporting, classified memos, staff portraits, and the always-present inner-circle conflict.

Trying to get around Woodward is futile, Politico suggests. “At times during the reporting, according to administration officials and other sources familiar with the book, Woodward surprised top defense and intelligence officials by coming in for interviews armed with classified maps, in some cases labeled with code names for clandestine operations.”

Woodward has written 16 other books for publisher Simon & Schuster, starting with the legendary “All the President’s Men.”

CNN: Official defends Obama ahead of revelations in Woodward book

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Ohwell

    And btw, Eric R, go screw yourself. You know nothing about pitbulls, or owning one. So go live in your bubble, protecting you from the world, and buy a poodle. Pitbulls are one of the greatest, most loyal and loving dogs in the world.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ohwell

    He did it for money? Than he really is dumber than thought. He was already making tons of money. That makes little sense.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACSummers

      Yes he did it for unreportable income. No one ever said this man was Smarter than a 5th grader.

      September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Good one – gotta love it!

      September 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shaking My Head

    I hope the book isn't as full of insccuracies as this blog article....starting with, Best Friends Animal Society is the organization caring for and rehabilitating the vast majority of the Vick dogs, not the ASPCA. Fact checking is always a good thing to try for when attempting to report the news.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JusSayinTho

    Anyone who knows anything about torturing a being (whether it be human or canine) should be euthanized. The things that those dogs were trained to do is comparable to a suicide bomber or terrorist training camp. Two go in, maybe one comes out, maybe none. Maybe when this entire world can learn to live with each other's differences and put aside the predisposed notions of one anything is better than another (religion, race, gender, etc.) we can all forget about the issues such as this. Torture is wrong on any level, and world leaders have allowed it to go on for thousands of years. Don't blame this all on Mike Vick. Blame it on yourselves.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nofets

    Thats it, I'm feeding my dogs chocolate tonight so Vick wont get to them.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. K Walker

    All this holier than thou B.S. from a bunch of Sara Palin supporters. This is simply white man's punishment for another race as they covet their supreme White Leader Palin as she goes out and brags of the latest Caribou kill, wolf kill, and of the other great animals she slaughters from a noble helicopter. What a load of cr-p. Put Palin and other "big game" hunters behind bars along with Vick. Do the right thing. I won't hold my breath Kraka.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JAY

    If you are going to protect "Animals", then protect animals, not just Michael Vick's dogs. Protect fish, protect cows, protect sheep, protect bears, etc etc. You guys ever hear of this great thing that we call a slaughterhouse, what do you think goes on in a slaughterhouse. Yes all of your Ribeye steaks, pork chops, and chicken tenders, comes from a slaughtered animal. Should we put the slaughters away for 10 years?

    September 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ITSME

      This just shows how ignorant and uneducated the general population is. We breed, kill, and eat animals everyday. True. But the difference is that we do not do it just for FUN, we do it to survive. DUH. No one ate the dogs when they lost the fight. So it was a total waste. They died for nothing. By your logic people commit murder everyday too, so that should be ok? How lame of an attempt to rationalize your own ignorance with an illogical conclusion. We are all God's creatures, we have a God given right to use and protect them as needed. If you remember the seven deadly sins, it should all make perfect sense to any rational person.

      September 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tin

    good job Controversial News Network aka CNN, good job posting an article about the pitbulls Vick used in his dogfighting ring just the day after Andy Reid named him the starter. Where was this article 2 or 3 weeks ago when we all knew Kolb was the starter?

    September 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACSummers

      Kolb who!?@?!??

      September 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. morris2196

    The story fails to mention that most animal shelters will not adopt-out dogs that have been used in fighting, rehab or not. The reason is that they are afraid of being sued if one of the dogs attacks someone. Animal shelters are financially weak, and so just one lawsuit will wipe them out.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JamesBarrett

    But the Eagles finally have a great QB and we can actually make some strides this season. Sure he killed Dogs, I'm pretty sure someone shot a deer in the head about 2 minutes ago somewhere in Wisconsin. If you eat animals I don't really think you can talk about a humane and an inhumane way of killing animals. Yeah vick shot 'em in the heat, that's way worse than an abattoir....GO EAGLES!

    September 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBooneMN

      Any decent hunter would never shoot a deer in the head. But I degress...

      September 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JBooneMN

    Risking the wrath of many...Our house was hoping for a Vick signing rather than a Favre deal. His debt is paid, let him move on with his life. The dogs have, your DWI cousin has, let it go.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Donna

    First – two of the dogs were euthanized – one for severe aggression and the second because she was so sick and couldn't be helped. I don't remember the ASPCA being involved in this at all – I remember quite a few pit bull rescues and Best Friends stepping in and asking if they could take the dogs and rehabilitate them. Best Friends got the worst of them, 17 I believe, because if they couldn't rehabilitate them the dogs would have a home there forever. The rest went to other great pit bull rescues. After they stepped up to the plate, the courts decided that Vick would pay for their care. Many of the dogs have found loving homes and some are still being worked with. If you want to read about them go to the Best Friend's website and check it out. They are amazing dogs and they all deserve so much better. The sad thing is the animals that lost their lives and are still losing their lives to this horrible and vicious so-called sport.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAY

      Zoomer was that supposed to be funny? It wasnt funny nor was it a tastful comment. We are having a real discussion here and to bring in this ignorance is just plain stupid and lame.

      September 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    I want him executed.... or I will pay to watch him fight a bear.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Drew

    People who criticize animal rights activists for supposedly caring more for animals than people need to wake up and try to appreciate a position with more nuance. One doesn't have to be "more important" than the other. Animal rights activists recognize the duty to protect the innocent when it concerns all living beings. Those who think that activities like dog fighting aren't a big deal are, I guess, too callous and arrogant to understand that humans aren't the only species that can suffer, and to understand that suffering happens equally.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
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