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More Shoddy Journalism

By John Clarke

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[This is the first post by my girl­friend and Coffeesh0p partner Mrs_​Synch!]

What’s wrong with this article?

We can all debate until we’re blue in the face about alcohol, drugs, their legal altern­at­ives, tobacco and whatever else is a source of con­tro­versy in this country. My problem with this article, however, is not that I dis­agree with the journalist’s point of view (although I do). It’s that if this is what counts as journ­al­ism these days (on the BBC news website no less!) I am, quite frankly, shocked and dis­ap­poin­ted. These are some of the reasons I felt so strongly about it (I’ll address each point in the order they come in the article):

  1. ‘The pills or liquid’ — what? How vague is this? I know it’s only the second para­graph but read on and the trend con­tin­ues. There are no names of the brands, retail­ers or whole­salers they are refer­ring to. They mention none of the ingredi­ents they claim are so dan­ger­ous apart from this delib­er­ately con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­ence to BZP. As a herbal highs retailer in the UK, I can per­son­ally say that I know of no whole­salers that are willing to sell us any products con­tain­ing BZP. Although the legal status of BZP does seem to be a bit dodgy (the article said it becomes illegal in March, but I’m pretty sure it’s tightly con­trolled here already), as far as herbal high sellers go BZP is not readily avail­able in the UK. It is cer­tainly not ‘one of the main ingredi­ents in many products’ in the industry. This is quite simply a lie, and a demon­stra­tion of the lack of research done on the part of the journ­al­ist. Ten minutes on Google could have told her this is not the case.
  2. ‘Twenty-five-year-old Alex from Birm­ing­ham’ — Right, I see. So the whole sub­stance of this piece comes from a girl who got pissed, took EIGHT uniden­ti­fied legal pills, slept in a field all weekend and then got the shits. Come on BBC, this is really poor. The symp­toms Alex lists are also, incid­ent­ally, ones you can expect from your common or garden hangover. Admit­tedly the guy who sold her the pills was obvi­ously an idiot, but you get a great many idiots in bars who con­tinue to serve people who are so drunk they can barely stand up. I have also never seen a pack of legal pills which do not expli­citly carry the warning ‘Do not drink’, and by her own admis­sion she and her friends were already drunk.
  3. “These things are packets of tablets and cap­sules sold as herbal highs, but are in no way herbal. These things are purely syn­thetic chem­ic­als,” he said. — Yes, this is a quote from a doctor so it seems almost cred­ible, but again, the vague­ness of this point just makes it stupid. Yes, I’m sure there are pills out there that are advert­ised as herbal and aren’t. But cer­tainly not all of them, and there are a large number of reput­able retail­ers out there who actu­ally do give a shit about the safety of what they sell. There is one very obvious example of legal pills that ARE undeni­ably entirely herbal, and that’s Happy Caps. If this journ­al­ist had done her research, she would have found out in minutes that Happy Caps are cap­sules, not tablets (so not even any harm­less tab­let­ting agents), and that they contain ground up herbs and extracts. Hell, you can SEE what’s inside them if you pull the gel cap apart, and it’s planty and quite def­in­itely herbal.

Whilst this journ­al­ist clearly has an agenda (read: drugs are bad), this poorly written piece of tripe has given me no inform­a­tion what­so­ever. I’m always inter­ested to hear someone else’s point of view, and when I saw the title, was excited about reading it and pos­sibly report­ing on it for Coffeesh0p. Unfor­tu­nately, I was left dis­ap­poin­ted in both this journ­al­ist and the stand­ard of report­ing that is obvi­ously pub­lish­able these days. BBC news editors, you should be ashamed of yourselves!.

One Response to More Shoddy Journalism

  1. Ken says:

    Journ­al­ists should shut their f ing pie holes until they exper­i­ence some­thing for them­selves !!!

    for instance, like carlos casten­ada

    what you going to write about that?

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