Accuracy in Media

Running for a spot on the Democratic ticket in 2008, New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Bill Richardson has decided to exploit the controversy over the firing of the U.S. Attorneys, saying that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales needs to decide if he is the nation’s lawyer, the peoples’ lawyer, or “the President’s political flack.” Richardson is in no quandary over whose interests he serves; he is a puppet of left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Richardson took $50,000 from Soros and one of his pro-marijuana front groups and successfully pressured the New Mexico state legislature into passing a fraudulent “medical marijuana” bill that offers false hope to sick people. Meanwhile, a leading British newspaper, The Independent, has now admitted, years after promoting the decriminalization of marijuana in that country, that the drug causes a loss of contact with reality, a condition known as psychosis, and other mental problems.

The Independent, which had successfully campaigned to decriminalize the drug in Britain, published a March 18 editorial apologizing for having misled the public. The words, “Cannabis: An Apology,” appeared in large letters on page one. The apology quoted Professor Neil McKeganey of Glasgow University’s Centre for Drug Misuse Research as saying, “Society has seriously underestimated how dangerous cannabis really is. We could well see over the next 10 years increasing numbers of young people in serious difficulties.” The Independent also quoted Robin Murray, professor of psychiatry at London’s Institute of Psychiatry and an editor of Marijuana and Madness, a scientific work linking marijuana to various psychotic disorders.

That marijuana causes mental problems may seem pretty obvious to most people. It helps explain why someone like TV personality Bill Maher, once named the Top Pot Comic by High Times magazine, says such outrageous things. Maher, a board member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), is featured on a website appropriately named, where he is quoted as saying that kids should avoid legal drugs and “stick with marijuana.” He has also declared, “I’m the guy who thinks religion is bad and drugs are good.”

But the dangers associated with marijuana go far beyond mental confusion and acting like a buffoon. It destroys a person’s productive capacity and can help make people either wards of the state, unable to take care of themselves, or criminals. We are increasingly hearing of notorious criminal cases in which marijuana has been a factor. One case, from Richardson’s home state of New Mexico, involved the boy who shot his family on a ranch owned by Sam Donaldson. He was a marijuana user. The Discovery Times cable channel just re-aired a documentary about the murder of 12-year-old Polly Klass, who was abducted from a slumber party. Career criminal Richard Allen Davis was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. But many are not aware that he said that he had been high on marijuana when he killed the girl. Davis had previously been convicted of possessing marijuana.

The reversal by The Independent, which has not been covered by any major U.S. media organizations, is quite extraordinary and has direct relevance to the increasingly successful and controversial “medical marijuana” movement in this country. How can marijuana have supposed medical benefits when the evidence shows that it causes mental illness? In California, it is already clear that “medical marijuana,” rather than being a vehicle to help sick and dying people, has been used as a cover for drug trafficking and doctors giving “prescriptions” for the drug so students can get high. Federal authorities have begun raiding the hundreds of phony “marijuana clinics” there.

We have not come to this dangerous situation overnight. Here, as in Britain, there has been a movement over the course of many years to decriminalize and legalize marijuana and other drugs. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner financed the movement in the beginning before such figures as George Soros, Peter Lewis of Progressive Insurance, and George Zimmer of the Men’s Wearhouse took it over. However, Hefner still opens his Playboy Mansion to fundraisers for the Marijuana Policy Project, headed by Rob Kampia, who was himself convicted of growing marijuana.

In Britain, Peter Stoker of the National Drug Prevention Alliance stands vindicated. Stoker was one of only two speakers who spoke against the idea of marijuana decriminalization in a public debate which The Independent sponsored at the time. Stoker says, “It is no coincidence that the increasing use of all drugs – and in particular the stronger strains of cannabis, coincides with the increase of violence, gangs, guns and knives on our streets – and thousands of young people unable to reach their potential through education since they are stoned for much of the time, and at risk of developing (as some are already doing) a chronic apathy and ‘amotivational syndrome,’ and in some cases are subjected to mental health damage which may or may not be irreversible.”

Stoker notes that the timing of the announcement by The Independent comes at a critical time, in the year before the next General Election there. The new leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, who is leading the public polls on who should be Britain’s next Prime Minister, has changed his mind over the downgrading of marijuana, which he had approved when he was on a parliamentary Select Committee.

In the U.S., as the Bill Richardson cases shows, the pro-marijuana movement has a lot of money at its disposal and can buy politicians outright. Soros, who subsidizes a large number of liberal/left and media organizations, is very close to the two leading Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Richardson and Harold Ford, Jr., who has just been signed as a commentator by the Fox New Channel, have to be viewed as possible Democratic vice presidential candidates.

So far, we have not seen the emergence of any presidential candidate from either major political party willing to take on the Soros political machine and its medical marijuana scam.

In taking on Soros, of course, a candidate would have to take on a hostile media wedded to the notion that marijuana is a soft drug that has medical benefits. The media use the term “medical marijuana” regularly, even though the case for smoking a drug-laden plant to get healthy flies in the face of common sense and medical science.

But Steven Steiner of Americans for Drug Free Youth, who established the Soros Monitor website, is not afraid of Soros and his lackeys. When Soros was preparing for a 2004 speech before the National Press Club in Washington, Steiner grabbed the microphone in an effort to explain why Soros-supported drug legalization would only make the drug problem worse. Steiner was roughed up and led away, suffering a dislocated shoulder, a punch to the back, threats of more physical violence, and five hours in the hospital undergoing X-rays and other tests.

Accuracy in Media called the hospitalization of Steiner one of the most underreported or buried stories of 2004, even though it had occurred before a roomful of journalists.

At the National Press Club event, Steiner had held up a photo of his dead son, a victim of drugs. Today’s tragedy is that more such victims are being created in the name of helping the sick and dying. Our media are complicit in this dangerous campaign of lies and deceit.

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