Accuracy in Media

In a column released today, Accuracy in Media has exposed a counter-culture takeover of AARP The Magazine, the publication of the senior citizens lobby previously known by its full name, the American Association of Retired Persons. AIM editor Cliff Kincaid cites evidence that the magazine, which reaches 22 million people a month, is edited by journalists who have made their mark by writing for pornographic and pro-drug magazines. He says they are now making their mark at AARP by pushing so-called “medical marijuana” on America’s elderly citizens.

The column, being posted on AIM’s website, www.aim.org, exposes AARP magazine editor Ed Dwyer’s role in publicizing a poll on how seniors are supposedly accepting the “marijuana as medicine” argument pushed by the pro-illegal drug lobby. Dwyer, Kincaid says, is an admitted drug abuser who once wrote for and peddled drugs at High Times magazine. Dwyer’s boss, Steven Slon, is an old friend of Dwyer’s. They both worked for Penthouse. The founder of High Times was a drug smuggler who committed suicide after extensive drug use. High Times features centerfold pictures of dope.

In the December 2004 issue of High Times, Dwyer writes an article, “My Life and High Times,” glorifying his drug-taking days.

Kincaid credits anti-drug activists Joyce Nalepka, Dee Rathbone and Jeanette McDougal for uncovering the High Times connection to AARP. Nalepka and Rathbone visited the AARP national headquarters in an effort to contact its CEO, Bill Novelli, to encourage AARP to educate its members about the effort to legalize marijuana by falsely classifying it as “medicine.”  Novelli was unavailable for comment, as was Dwyer. However, AARP confirmed Dwyer’s deep involvement with High Times and defended his journalism career.

Contact: Sherrie Gossett, AIM, 202-364-4401, ext. 106




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