So @DonLemonTonight would have you believe that weed is being secretly laced with Fentanyl and sold on the dark web. They even had an "expert on to say so.

It's not. That's a myth that has been repeatedly debunked. See here.…
The "expert" they had on was a professor of cybersecurity and technology from John Jay College, Adam Scott Wandt. Here's his bio. He may know many things about the dark web, I'm not sure. I know he cannot speak about recreational use of Fentanyl. Image
Nevertheless he held himself out as able to do that and confidently stated that dealers do in fact cut weed with Fentanyl.

It's so problematic to go on national TV and pretend to be an expert in something you're not.
It's even more problematic for @CNN not to do their research and put on someone like that and represent them as an expert.

If you want to have someone talk about drugs and the way drugs work on the brain, get an expert in neuropsychopharmacology.
One thing I love about our show is we *don't* do this.

When we did a segment on Fentanyl, for instance, we had @drcarlhart on as a guest. Covering a story accurately is usually much more interesting than doing this sort of lazy reporting you see on mainstream TV.
PS It will torture me for a short while that I left the second quotation mark off "expert" in the first tweet, but I not redo the entire thread.

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This murder mystery is crazy, but let's not forget 3 generations of Murdaughs served as district attorneys for the 14th Circuit (covering 5 counties in South Carolina).

Think how many cases they set up or worse. Every one of them needs to be re-examined.…
I am not even going to try to fully explain the case here, Definitely google, but basically the mother and son were murdered (son had been facing manslaughter charges in death of friend on boat) and the father was embezzling money from his law firm…
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I mean can we just not pretend elimination is possible?

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Police have the resources and budgets to investigate sex crimes. They choose not to make them a priority, and instead to arrest people for low level offenses like jumping the turnstile and trespass.

The "backlog" narrative is a convenient way for police to ask for more money.
For instance, in 2019, the NYPD had almost 40,000 police officers and the biggest budget of any police department in the US - at $6 billion.

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Police arresting a White Nazi - front page news.

Maybe it's because they do a whole lot more of the first than they do of the latter.…
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There was no press conference about the police killing of Antwan Gilmore. That's a file photo.
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This is horrific.…
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There is intense pressure put on women to breastfeed.…
I remember my mother couldn't produce enough milk when she was breastfeeding my baby sister and my sister lost weight where it was noticeable.

But no one would ever have suggested my sister should be removed from her custody because my mother is and my sister was White.
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