Why is the media so dumb?

This isn’t the first year that Illinois has discussed medical marijuana. So you’d think that the media would be better able to report on it by now.
“bullet” Charity Bonner reports in the Elgin Courier News.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the pill [Marinol] has been found to relieve nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy for cancer. The USDA says the drug is a safer alternative since it does not contain the chemicals or carcinogens found in smoked marijuana. The USDA also reported that some states that have legalized medical marijuana, such as California, have seen an abuse of the system.

Dear Charity,
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is the DEA, not the USDA. The USDA is the United States Department of Agriculture. Neither the DEA nor the USDA are trained in medicine or have any reason to be commenting on the medical efficacy of drugs.
“bullet” In another article about medical marijuana in Illinois, the Southtown Star’s Maura Possley does a decent job, but is then sabotaged by her headline writer with “Springfield legislators weighing dope proposal
Really? Dope proposal?
It made me wonder whether, if they wrote an article about breast cancer, they’d title it “Springfield legislators weighing hooters proposal.”
And you wonder why newspapers are shutting down…

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