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Barking Mad: PETA Slams AOC for Purchasing Purebred French Bulldog

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) after the freshman “Squad” leader bought a purebred puppy.

“We really couldn’t believe our eyes, because you are a role model for how to live, so we understand that you just didn’t realize what you were doing in this case—you couldn’t have,” PETA said in a letter. “With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter. Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs—including French bulldogs—who need homes.”

Ocasio-Cortez attracted the controversial animal rights organization’s criticism after tweeting out pictures of what appears to be a new purebred French bulldog puppy.

PETA said that French bulldogs suffer from extensive health problems due to inbreeding and that many of Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters may be inspired to purchase the pups despite lacking the means to take care of them.

“AOC had a chance to set a compassionate, responsible example in the face of the homeless-animal crisis, but instead, she apparently inadvertently contributed to the problem,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “PETA is urging her supporters not to follow her lead in this case and to stick up for the underdog by choosing to give a lovable mutt a new lease on life.”

Members of President Donald Trump’s campaign’s rapid response team noted that purebred French bulldogs tend to be very expensive.

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Trump’s Dog Meme Has Media Howling

President Donald Trump’s Wednesday tweet of a photoshopped image depicting him giving a military dog a medal elicited outrage and a slew of credulous reporting about the meme’s origins.

While the picture appeared obviously tongue-in-cheek, several media outlets penned earnest articles investigating the photo’s release and expressing implicit disapproval for swapping an actual Medal of Honor recipient with a dog. Other journalists and analysts made known their disgust with the White House.

The image was created by the conservative news site the Daily Wire, and it shows Trump awarding a medal with a paw print to “Conan,” the dog who was injured last week in the raid that killed Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was adapted from a 2017 photo of Trump awarding the Medal of Honor to retired Army medic James McCloughan for his heroism in Vietnam.

The New York Times put two reporters on a story eventually headlined “Trump Tweets Faked Photo of Hero Dog Getting a Medal.” It reached out to McCloughan, whom the paper described as “certainly not offended” and even amused at the image.

The Washington Post titled its piece “Trump tweeted a photo of a Medal of Honor recipient — who was edited out and replaced by Conan the dog.” The article’s writer Alex Horton opened with a dramatic juxtaposition of the real and fake ceremonies:

In a somber White House ceremony in July 2017, President Trump draped the Medal of Honor around the neck of James McCloughan. He was credited with saving the lives of 10 men in a brutal, days-long battle in Vietnam, and Trump told the former Army medic that “we are in awe of your actions and your bravery.”

On Wednesday, Trump posted a photo of that moment with McCloughan’s image replaced by that of a dog.

“A watermark for the site appears in Trump’s tweet, but it is a cropped version that removes the attribution of the source photo, which is the Associated Press,” Horton also wrote. “That would have indicated that it began as a legitimate news photo, raising the question of whether Trump or a staffer knew McCloughan had been edited out.”

Horton tweeted the meme was a “weird flex.”

The left-leaning Guardian newspaper headlined its article “Trump tweets fake photo of Isis [sic] raid dog, and appears to declassify its name.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta reached out to the White House for comment and then alerted his 1.3 million Twitter followers that “the dog is not at the WH.”

Voice of America’s Steve Herman also investigated the photo, reporting there was “no such canine event” on the president’s schedule. Attacked online for his credulity, he later shared a tweet stating that the image could be construed as “bad taste.”

HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Dáte tweeted, “Fine, just the president of the United States disseminating a doctored image created by a right-wing propaganda site.” Others viewed it as disrespectful of the military or beneath the White House’s dignity.

Trump said the dog will visit the White House next week.

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Elon Musk Promises to Fix Tesla ‘Dog Mode’ After Car Almost Kills Pet

Elon Musk is promising to fix Tesla’s “dog mode” feature after the CEO of an e-sports company said it had malfunctioned, causing the temperature inside his vehicle to climb to 85 degrees while his dog was still inside, which could have killed the pet.

Netflix Renews ‘Dogs’ Docuseries for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix has renewed “Dogs” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively. The docuseries comes from executive producers Amy Berg and Glen Zipper and is designed to celebrate the deep emotional bonds formed between people and their four-legged friends. The first six-episode season launched in November 2018. “We are so excited that our pack is […]