Maia Szalavitz, a journalist herself, points out the distortions, omissions, and outright lies promulgated throughout the media concerning marijuana, heroin, opiates, and addiction.
Drug panics have consequences. A century after The New York Times ran headlines about “Negro Cocaine Fiends,” journalists have learned far less than you’d think.
But the press may actually be one of the biggest obstacles to reform. Instead of asking tough questions, reporters tend to simply parrot conventional wisdom—and reinforce the idea that the drug war is the only way, even when drug warriors’ claims contradict the evidence of the writers’ own lives.
In the last month alone, we’ve seen several particularly egregious examples of mindless reporting
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