Note to the Local Media: Drug War Stories Have Two Sides

Yesterday, Slog’s Dominic Holden challenged local reporters to ask tough questions about yesterday’s pot busts in South King County. For comparison, he showed how the proposal by Seattle city officials here to implement a $.20 fee for plastic bags got opinions from both sides of the debate over that proposal’s efficacy, but drug busts never do.

The result? Nothing. Both the Seattle Times’ Mike Carter and the Seattle PI’s Paul Shukovsky fail to provide both sides of this story. And yet they wonder why they’re going out of business.


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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Since this one’s an open thread, I’ve been hearing about this Republican ad in North Carolina slamming Obama. McCain asked the GOP there to not run the ad, but they did anyway.

    Here’s a chance for McCain to really gain some points with voters. He and his people should put together an ad critcizing the NC-GOP ad against Obama and taking the high road versus the low raod for a change.

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    If McCain is forced to fight with the GOP in states that he’s supposed to win, it’s gonna be a long 6 months for him.

    As always, thanks for your support when it comes to drug law reform.

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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Lee said:

    “As always, thanks for your support when it comes to drug law reform.”

    No worries!

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    "Hannah" spews:

    Wonder how much tax payer money was used to do this latest 14 month investigation!! Kinda like Congress investigating (wasting money) steroids in baseball!

    Just legalize the green stuff already!!!

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    headless lucy spews:

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    headless lucy spews:

    Re 6: “Kinda like (a Republican) Congress investigating (wasting money{and fraud}) steroids in baseball!”

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    They’re going out of business because of competition from new forms of media for readership and advertising revenue. Printed newspapers are the buggy-whip equivalent of information dissemination. The quality of their journalism has little to do with it. There have been times in our history when journalistic quality was worse than it is now. The public doesn’t evaluate or judge such things; it just swallows what’s fed to them. A herd of sheep will never be more than a herd of sheep.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    It’s a good thing the Senate voted 95-0 today to ban employers and insurance companies from using DNA info to make hiring/firing decisions and determine eligibility for health insurance. DNA testing could be embarrassing for a lot of humans — especially Republicans. Do you wingnuts really want to know who your relatives are? ha ha ha

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    Daddy Love spews:

    I’ve been hearing about this Republican ad in North Carolina slamming Obama. McCain asked the GOP there to not run the ad, but they did anyway.

    Yeah, right. McCain “asked” the GOP “not to run the ad.” uh-huh. Yeah, he sent a voicemail AND an e-mail! I mean, how strongly does he have to come down on these guys, anyway?

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    Daddy Love spews:

    11 RR

    They’ve probably got a lot of relatives in a certain compound in Texas, if you know what I mean…

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    ArtFart spews:

    3/12 MoveOn is getting its members’ names on an “electronic petition” challenging McCain’s going for a photo op acting oh, so sympathetic in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, when just last weekend he was (again!!!!) sucking up to the Rev. John “New-Orleans-was-punished-by-GAAAAAAWD” Hagee.

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    And now McCain should follow-up with an ad criticizing the NC GOP ad.


    My, my, aren’t we the perfect one!

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    ewp spews:

    Both paper’s quoted a DEA source who claimed that the grow houses were toxic waste dumps with chemical pesticides and fertilizers. A good follow-up question would be to ask what types of toxic materials were found. Marijuana is a weed that grows well in virtually every climate zone and needs little more than light and water to thrive. With the growing acceptance by most people that marijuana is more in league with alcohol than Meth or Cocaine, it sounds like the DEA now wants to scare us into believing that growing marijuana brings with it toxic chemicals equivalent to the manufacture of meth. If you want to be frightened by chemicals, cotton growing is responsible for the majority of toxic chemicals used in agriculture around the world.

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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    There’s a good story on The History Channel about the guy who eventually became the head of the Bureau of Narcotics after Prohibition ended. I can’t recall his name now, but the story is that he went for a drive (before marijuana was made illegal) around Washington, DC and stopped near a bridge over the Potomac River. To his dismay, he noticed that marijuana plants were growing wild near the riverbank. The US government actually had to do some fairly exotic machinations to make a weed illegal, but somehow they managed to do it.

    Who says the government can’t accomplish anything!