When I had my Dobermans back in the 80s and early 90s they were a target by the media.I had small kids at the time,I remember people saying they couldnt believe I would own those sort of dogs with small kids..I was the "bad mom" in the neighborhood.Sadly, sometimes it doesn't even take an incident from the breed in question. A few weeks ago here, the news was breathlessly reporting that a "pit bull" had bit off a kid's hand. It was actually a sheltie that bit the kid's hand and did not seriously injure the kid, but want to bet how many people saw the short correction the news issued once they found out it was a sheltie?
That type of thing is why we work hard to promote a positive and fair representation of the pit bull type dog. Teaching people to look at dog's as individuals, teaching responsible ownership of ALL breeds (good positive training, options for training equipment that suits different dogs), taking pits on visits to schools to teach kids how to greet dogs and treat them nicely, taking pits to the hospital for kids so they have something to cheer them up (cuddly people loving dogs are such great therapy) and dispelling myths about the breed so people are less likely to blindly believe everything the media tells them.