As November comes to a close, it’s time to bid adieu to the journalism-be-damned, hyper-sensationalized month of television sweeps. It’s a time when “shocking” flavors nearly every bit of news, breathless controversy abounds, and I undoubtedly learn every night “what I need to know to keep my family safe.”
So we at LEO have chosen a story that epitomizes this month when just about anything masks itself as news.
In this piece we learn about a controversial video extensively circulated (seen 100 times before this story aired and mailed to a newsroom by 1 person) where three women apparently instruct viewers how to smoke weed (gasp!! Surely the first of its kind!!) using bongs (“and other bongs and other bongs.”)
Who would do such a thing? Cue the drug treatment counselor who summarizes their motivation. And tries to legitimize the story by implying impending psychosis and social deviancy.
“Hey look at me. I’m a marijuana user. I’m hip-hop. I’m cool. No problems, my life is great.”
Next up these hooligans will be making how-to videos on smoking crack! Available to kids! And circulated widely!! Wait…no. This is addressed in an odd PR wrap up by the filmmaker.
Trust us. Sit back, light one if you got it, and enjoy … Watch as our investigative ace blasts a You Tube video through a closed door like a modern day John Cusack.