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Wall Street Journal drops the ball

The WSJ is known for having some really outstanding reporting and OpEds on drug policy. And there’s plenty more good stories they could report.

Which is why this article: Sobering Report on Street Drugs by Kyle Stock is so pathetic. Were the editors asleep?

The credit crisis has sobered up Wall Street in more ways than one.

This Kyle Stock proclaims in the evidence of drug testing statistics from a company that drug tests mostly new hires (who know that they’ll be tested) in finance shops, showing lower rates of “drug use” in the financial industry.

But then he goes on to say:

Abuse hasn’t slackened among existing employees, psychologists and counselors say. It may even be peaking, exacerbated by the credit crisis

Which is it, Kyle?

Then he quotes a treatment professional who says:

“We’re in crisis mode,” he says. “Many of these drugs are so accessible to the average person, let alone the person who is well-spoken and professional.”

What does that mean? Do drug dealers really demand that clients wear a necktie and not use slang?

“Excuse me, sir. As you can plainly see, I am a gentleman wearing a Brooks Brothers suit. May I purchase 5 grams of Cannabis Sativa, please?

I’m having fun with him here, but really, the entire article is a pile of mush — just a bunch of random stuff strung together in a way that makes it even more nonsensical.

The Wall Street Journal can do a lot better.

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7 comments to Wall Street Journal drops the ball

  • ezrydn

    Kyle must be a glue-sniffer from way back.

  • Stan Back

    Wall Street Urinal=bird cage lining.

  • Rhayader

    Haha, yikes. In some ways this stuff is more annoying than straight-up prohibitionist op-eds. It simply confuses the conversation with misinformation and non sequiturs — a distraction, and nothing more.

  • darkcycle

    C’mon, the good pieces in the Journal’s Op-Ed section are just a little quality-control issue. The should be able to eliminate them entirely soon, ’cause they’re gettin in the way of the propaganda.

  • Maria

    And “Pardon me sir, do you have any Grey Poupon?” takes on a whole new meaning.

  • Ed Dunkle

    Wall Street Journal op-eds are the creme de la creme of reactionary bloviating, and have been for decades. I’m amazed it took Murdoch so long to buy it.

  • Duncan

    Do they have a urine test to detect if people have been sniffing model airplane glue?

    I recall this homeless bum I knew of in the 1980s Well lots of people had heard of him. because every so often the local paper would write about him and what a brain dead moron he was. This fellow’s nickname was Hi-test, and he got that name because he preferred to sniff gasoline fumes as his choice of intoxicant. He claimed it only took him 50 cents worth to be high all day. Why would he want to waste &2.50 on a bottle of MD 20/20? Unfortunately he passed away from prolonged exposure to benzene and Manassas VA lost a bit of it’s local color. The local paper went teats up not long afterward.

    I got thrown off the WSJ comments section because they refused to believe that my real name is Nunya Bidness. I toyed with the idea of getting a credit card with that name and getting a free subscription to get in their data base but I had more important things on my plate at the time. Clipping my toenails for example.