Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson has been all over the mainstream media this past week, peddling fear and falsehoods in the guise of objective reporting.
His new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, has landed him plum op-ed placements in both the Times and the Wall Street Journal. Fox News has featured him on both Tucker Carlson Tonight and President Trump’s daily morning briefing, Fox and Friends. Malcolm Gladwell heralded Berenson and his book in the current issue of The New Yorker under headline “Is Marijuana As Safe As We Think?” Berenson’s premise, in a nutshell, is this: “Harry Anslinger may have been a racist jerk, but 85 years ago he was right about marijuana.”
Alarmed at the attention being paid to this long-debunked notion, I picked up a copy of Tell Your Children and started reading.