by Andrew Kaczynski, September 28, 2018, 12:26:08This is what happens when you are a liberal media executive who does not understand the difference between liberal and conservative media.
A story published by the NYT this week is an example of the latter.
It is titled “How the Democrats are using the opioid crisis to build their brand” and is entitled “The Trump Effect.”
The title is misleading, as the NYT does not identify the author as a reporter.
The author is the NYT’s chief political reporter, Eric Lipton, who wrote this: “In the wake of President Trump’s victory in November, the Trump administration has made sweeping changes to the way that law enforcement and the courts operate, including the hiring of a new chief justice to lead a Justice Department task force that has been criticized for focusing too much on the opioid epidemic.
That task force, led by Neil Gorsuch, has been under the watchful eye of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and will soon be making its recommendations on how to reduce the nation’s opioid crisis.
… [T]he opioid crisis has been the biggest story of the election.
And as we have seen in other years, it is an incredibly important story.
And we are not the only ones.
In the weeks leading up to the election, our colleagues across the country have been telling us about the epidemic, and the challenges it presents, and about how we must address it.
That’s what this new Justice Department is going to do, to take a look at the opioid problem, the problem of law enforcement in general, and how we can make our communities safer.”
The article is not about the opioid issue at all.
Lipton simply reports that the task force has been made up of former Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham, who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This is a far cry from the reality of the opioid drug crisis.
It appears that the NYT was not paying attention to Lipton’s source material when it published this article.
In fact, Lipton claims that the opioid opioid crisis is a “public health crisis.”
Lipton is wrong about that.
The opioid epidemic has been widely covered, and there has been no public health crisis.
There is a real and urgent need to combat the opioid addiction epidemic and to address the underlying causes of its growth.
The article does not address that.
What does the NYT actually say?
The article quotes the American College of Physicians as saying: “There is no clear evidence that opioids cause the onset of addiction or that treatment with opioid pain relievers reduces risk of subsequent relapse.
But we can agree that more research is needed to understand the relationship between addiction and opioid use.”
The article quotes a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that found that “many physicians and mental health professionals do not believe that opioids are a significant cause of substance abuse and related harms.”
The report notes that, “Many physicians and other health professionals believe that the only effective treatment for opioid addiction is abstinence and that opioids have no role in treating substance use.”
In other words, the NYT wants the American people to believe that opioid addiction and addiction-related problems are caused by the opioid, which is not the case.
The NYT does make a strong argument that the “public safety” rationale for the drug war has been proven false by the rise in opioid use and deaths.
It does not say so.
It says the “Trump Effect” is a reason for the opioid death toll to rise, but does not mention that the rise of opioid use is directly attributable to the Trump presidency.
The Trump effect is the direct consequence of the Trump White House’s attempt to demonize opioid addiction.
The article concludes that “The opioid crisis will continue to be a national security threat to the United States and to the world,” which it defines as “the threat of an emerging national security or economic crisis that could disrupt American power or cause a devastating conflict.”
It states that the United Nations “is the only institution that is empowered to address this crisis.”
The NYT is not a credible source.