Thank you David Sirota.
A NYT op-ed uses “moderate” double-speak to deny the truth: Most people want marijuana legalized […]
The latest example of this insidious framing comes in the form of a Monday New York Times Op-Ed. The piece is written by Kevin Sabet, formerly one of President Obamaâ€™s top drug policy officials. Titled â€œOverdosing on Extremism,â€ he employs the â€œcentristâ€ and â€œmoderateâ€ code words to criticize those pressing for reforms that, for purposes of law enforcement, would treat currently outlawed drugs such as marijuana just like far more dangerous yet legal drugs such as alcohol. [..]
Instead, he (and the New York Times editors and headline writers who published his piece) wholly ignores the indisputable facts and simply deems the millions of Americans in this pro-legalization majority as â€œextremistsâ€ â€” that is, he pretends that the position in the actual center of public opinion is on the extreme edge of that public opinion. […]
Taken together, Sabetâ€™s goal in his Op-Ed is obvious: Heâ€™s a committed drug warrior with a vested (and, based on his Times billing as a â€œdrug policy consultant,â€ possibly financial) interest in marginalizing those trying to end the drug war. To do that, heâ€™s employed the most tried and true instruments of marginalization â€” the newly redefined notions of â€œcentrismâ€ and â€œmoderateâ€ policymaking. And heâ€™s employed them even though the actual facts show that, in comparison to the mass public, heâ€™s the fringe extremist.