Thursday, April 10, 2008

More 'whisper' type anti-pot Headlines

The following headline appears in the British Daily Mail:

Five stag party friends died in M25 tow-truck crash after driver had smoked cannabis, inquest hears

At first look, it appears that the driver was wasted and drove into the back of another truck. However, if you read the full article (most casual readers would only read the first few lines and draw a conclusion from that), we find the following:

The inquest in Woking heard that although Mr Hutchinson had taken cannabis, he was not thought to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

Forensic scientist Alan Hiscutt said he found small traces of cannabis in Mr Hutchinson's body. But he said the class C drug would not have been used in the time immediately before the crash.

He added: "It must have been taken at the very least many hours before or more likely days before. I would be as certain as I could be that he could not have been under the influence of cannabis."

I bet the headline sold a shitload more papers though. This sort of irresponsible reporting annoys the hell out of me.