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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FAIR on the drug war

From Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR):

"When [President] Obama said pot wasn't more dangerous than alcohol, it was a huge understatement: Statistically, alcohol is vastly more deadly. Yet media portrayed his remarks as enormously controversial--judging his statement by culture war rather than public health standards."

I find this so interesting, because it is pretty close to being exactly what I told my students in my drug war class. Alcohol kills about 88,000 people a year, not including people killed in alcohol-related car crashes, yet data from the CDC's Wonder program show that marijuana kills maybe 1.48 people per year.

Do the media accurately tell this story? See for yourself. Talk about embarrassing.

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