Monday, May 18, 2009

It's crap

The moment I totally lost all respect for CNN was when they covered a news story I also covered and the reporter blatantly misrepresented factual items to further dramatic aspects of the story. If it's TV news, it's entertainment. When it's entertainment, it's not to be taken seriously. Read a newspaper.

Here's another typically inane and clueless CNN report (actually this one was interesting, if not totally promoting the interests of the Federal government):
  • "The marijuana coming across the southwest border, traditionally a source of low-potency drugs, has increased in strength from a median potency of 4.8 percent in 2003 to 7.3 percent in 2007."
OK, so far, so accurate
  • "As a consequence, inexperienced or young marijuana users may be more prone to overdose, federal officials say.
And then they have to go and fuck it all up. It's probably a good idea not to quote government officials when they are saying things even they know are not true to further an agenda.
It's pretty much universally accepted by everyone that's ever performed a study that it's impossible to "overdose" on marijuana, unless the person ate their body weight in weed several times over in a short time span.

When you work for ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc, it's pretty hard to avoid systematic propaganda when your corporate parent is as dependent on the status quo as your big brother federal agencies, dammit.

4 comments:

Brian said...

Agreed, which is why I rarely watch the news anymore.

Warped Coasters said...

Watching the news is killing public discourse in this country (I stole that idea from "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman. The best and most depressing book I ever read.)

TV Casualty said...

Fact: Marijuana potency is the number one killer of children in foreign countries.
Fact: Swine flu has killed thousands, and will kill millions more.
Fact: Small Wonder was a robot built by her dad. This eventually became a hit TV series based on real life events.

The Juice Box said...

I will second the "read a newspaper" sentiment. Just do it. WC and I need to keep our jobs.