29
Jan
10

Propoganda masquerading as journalism

Speaking of assaults upon rational thinking, and recalling my earlier post on the Hollywood-ization of weed culture and the L.A. Times being woefully out of touch with reality, that sad shadow of a formerly good newspaper is once-again providing a platform for the illogical and factually-unsupported view of marijuana that’s been circulating for years.  This time, under the guise of an “opinion” piece from the chairman of D.A.R.E. America.  Nothing new here, certainly nothing news worthy:  marijuana causes cancer, it’s a gateway drug, it threatens the children of America, etc., etc., etc.

Read it yourself here if you need to see the same old arguments that don’t hold up under even the most cursory fact-checking.   Money quote:

One of its more pernicious effects is that it reduces inhibitions and can lead a person under its influence to try even more harmful substances…In other words, there’s a reason the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with a high potential for abuse. It is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States, and more teens are in treatment for marijuana addiction than for alcohol or any other drug.

I’m a student of the news, and since many are not I think it’s worth pointing out that we only pretend there was a time when newspapers challenged blatant inaccuracies proposed by dubious authorities.  There was, in fact, no such time – at least, not on this subject.  That knowledge, unfortunately, does little to lessen my disappointment.

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