By Patricia L Johnson
It would be easy to go through the records and find hundreds of headlines that all repeat the same basic premise; President Obama stated marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Naturally, the comment was taken out of context. For some reason when it comes to President Obama, reporters choose to sensationalize rather than report what is said. As you can see by the following chart, the majority of newspapers chose to go for impact, rather than content.
According to the New Yorker article it appears what President Obama actually said follows:
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol in terms of its impact on the individual consumer. It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”
Sounds good to me!
© 2014 Patricia L Johnson