NORML’s Reefer Madness Du Jour: Bad Journalism 101

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director February 7, 2010

    Ummm…if marijuana was deemed not responsible for Mr. Lewis’ death, why the lead in the headline regarding marijuana?NORMLReeferMadness

    C-L-A-S-S-I-C media Reefer Madness!

    Coroner’s report: Lewis had marijuana in system

    Feb 04, 2010 1:21 PM
    INSIDE 14WFIE.com

    KY (WFIE) – USI basketball player Jeron Lewis died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy according to the final report issued by the Daviess County coroner.

    Toxicology tests showed Lewis also had marijuana in his system when he collapsed in a game against Kentucky Wesleyan January 14.  There is no evidence the marijuana contributed to his death, however.

    Lewis fell to the floor at the Owensboro Sportscenter late in the game.  He went into cardiac arrest and died on the way to the Owensboro Medical Health System emergency room.

    Daviess County coroner Bob Howe conducted an autopsy the day after Lewis died and indicated that the senior from Ft. Wayne had an enlarged heart.

    The final report, issued Thursday, confirmed that Lewis’ death came as a result of a previously unknown heart condition.

    64 responses to “NORML’s Reefer Madness Du Jour: Bad Journalism 101”

    1. Jed The head says:

      Typical MSM bullshit,lies and misinformation!

    2. Derek TN says:

      Did at least say that marijuana didn’t contribute to his death. However, what was the freaking point of even releasing that marijuana was in his system if it had not contributed to his death? I would be steaming mad if I was the family of the player. No sense in soiling his name because of his choice in how he decided to medicate himself.

    3. ChrisfromTN says:

      Why even mention it at all? If its irrelevant, its irrelevant. He might have also had rolaids in his system, but that’s none of anybody’s damn business, is it?

    4. Sean U Idaho says:

      This one seems a little paranoid. It is a bad slug but it could have just been a follow-up. If that had been a big story in the area, the marijuana information could have been a recent development which obviously only merited one solid paragraph or so.

      However, it is a sad state of things when that is a huge issue. If he would have had 6 beers the night before it would have been no big deal.

    5. Ian says:

      Yet another sad attempt to associate marijuana with a matter regarding fatality to make it seem dangerous or harmful. Very pointless title.

    6. chris from KY says:

      Thats KY for you! Most in KY are still living back in the dark ages. The few that do believe that marijuana or medical marijuana should be legal are terrified. They are so scared of putting there name on a petition because they are afraid of raids. In KY growing more than 5 plants is a felony and 2 possession charges are a felony. If a person got caught with seed or a roach years ago and then got caught with the same thing they would be looking at 1 to 5 years in prison! If you get caught growing more than 5 plants twice no matter how big they are, you would be looking at 5 to 10 years. How ridiculous are these laws? The article above only shows that the law enforcement has there hands in the media’s pockets! I am so tired of people putting down what the lord has given us. They say they are religious around here, why don’t they read the first book of the bible? They don’t do that cause it doesn’t fit there needs. I am calling on all Kentuckians and all Americans to stand up and be heard! STOP BEING SCARED AND STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

    7. josh says:

      they only do that because alot of ppl only skim over headlines so when someone sees “dead man had marijuana in his system” people are going to think that mj was the cause if they didnt take the time to read the article. bullshit i tell ya

    8. Miguel says:

      THIS ALWAYS FREAKING HAPPENS! the minute something like this happens the media gobles it up and says marijuana was the main cause of it. I think its sad that the media can get away with this kind of stuff they just want the masses to support cannabis prohibition because they know that the minute they demonize it people wont bother to do honest research on it and know the truth.

    9. Buc says:

      A man was arrested for murder last night in New York. Prior to the murder, it’s being reported he visited the grocery store.

    10. Albyint says:

      Wow, thats a bit ridiculous don’t you think? Poor church going conservatives will read this “credible” information and thus be armed with another broken spear.