Signs of omis­sion

The Coast - - THIS WEEK - — Lindsay H., Hal­i­fax

I don’t re­ally know where to go with this other than The Coast, since you ap­pre­ci­ate in­put from us ran­dom faces in the crowds, and it shows. I re­cently stum­bled across this ar­ti­cle on the Metro chain’s Hal­i­fax web­site: “Woman high on weed in wreck that killed grand­kids.” That is ter­ri­fy­ing news as our coun­try is striv­ing to make mar­i­juana le­gal, so I clicked and read briefly into the ar­ti­cle—only to re­al­ize it was a poor copy-paste job from an As­so­ci­ated Press story that omit­ted half the in­for­ma­tion.

Af­ter just three min­utes of dig­ging I found the orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle, in which they list the OTHER 19 CHARGES this woman is fac­ing, in­clud­ing driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence. They found over 40 pills of oxy­codone, and there were opened liquor con­tain­ers in her car and smashed on the road. I am not try­ing to say that mar­i­juana wasn’t a fac­tor, it just was not the only fac­tor. But where, I ask, is that men- tioned in the Metro ar­ti­cle?

There has to be some­thing done against peo­ple who are mak­ing de­lib­er­ate de­ci­sions to leave things out of our news, in or­der to change pub­lic opin­ion in ways that may not be favourable to the progress we are mak­ing as a na­tion. It’s in­fu­ri­at­ing.

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