The Des Moines Register has published an un-ironic example of a newsroom cliché: Iowan Laine Henry (a man) bites a 50-pound Labrador retriever (a dog) to keep it from further mauling his wife, Caren Henry, who suffered severe injuries in the attack.

Question for the Des Moines Register: How do you confirm that dog was indeed bitten by man? Do we have a veterinary report here? “It was the couple,” says Senior News Director Carol Hunter, referencing the eyewitness accounts. “I know that there was a police report filed so that could have been referenced in it.”

And yes, the Des Moines Register newsroom has taken note of its J-school moment. “There has been more than one comment about it,” says Hunter.

Poynter points to other instances of this most newsworthy reversal.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.