Star Search: Month-Old Rehash of Report Masquerades as News in Star

Better late than never, I suppose…

That’s one way to look at yesterday’s front-page, upper right-hand story in the Star by Mike Hendricks.

"Drug of Choice For Kids Is Pot," reads the headline. "Use of alcohol and tobacco drops, but high school seniors’ daily marijuana use hits a 30-year peak."

However the story – masquerading as breaking news – was little more than a ginned up rehash of a month-old report widely covered by other news media around the country early last month.

For example, "Teen drinking, smoking continue to decline, but pot use is up," reads a Los Angeles Times headline covering the same report cited by Hendricks.

The key difference being the Times story ran in a timely manner on December 15th.

The day after the report was released.

Hendricks localized the story somewhat by dressing it up with quotes from local educators, a couple unnamed colleges kids and a bit of "social media" by touching on a little known group called "Show Me Cannabis Regulation" with a Facebook page with only 2,554 "likes".

The fact remaining that what the Star trotted out as front page news – that teens are smoking more potwasmonth old news.

A story that had been reported weeks ago by dozens of newspapers, television stations and bloggers – everyone from the Washington Post, Time Magazine and Fox News to the Huffinton Post, Christian Science Monitor and Kalamazoo Gazette.

The question being, why should Kansas Citians pay to read month old news stories and be last to know?
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17 Responses to Star Search: Month-Old Rehash of Report Masquerades as News in Star

  1. Matt Foley, motivational speaker says:

    Maybe they’d get the stories out on time if they were using their paper for printing out stories with a local flair instead of ROLLING DOOBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Super Dave says:

    Story is over three decades late
    Hell the 70’s was when about everyone did weed.

    Kids was doing it, cops was doing it, parents was doing it I mean who wasn’t doing it. I can’t even begin to list who all was growing the stuff at home as well and in some local green houses.

    Make it legal tax it end of story.

    Americans want it let them have it.

    Then Snoop Dogg would have to find something else to be cool about. Willie could fire up on stage and we then hear some real pickin and grinnin.

  3. xxMillerTimexx says:

    Rehashing old news?
    Kettle meet pot

  4. expat says:

    The worst part of this story is you actually had to read the Star to find out.

  5. Hearne Christopher says:

    Speak for yourself

  6. Hearne Christopher says:


  7. paulwilsonkc says:

    Snoop doog, that reminds me
    His tour bus recently was stopped and searched. They busted him for a half ounce that was hidden in the bottom of a small trash can. Snoop Dogg…. was busted by a snooping…. dogg…. Found that funny.

  8. expat says:

    You mean you enjoyed reading the Star?

  9. smartman says:

    Weedies, Breakfast of Champions
    Hell yeah kids are smokin’ more weed! Look what it did for Michael Phelps.

    Do Mike and Roxie have kids? If they do I’ll bet they get some smoke on with ’em.

    The weed is so much better today. It’s also safer than oxy, X, coke or heroin, much of which is just synthetic garbage thrown together by the Mexicans and the Jews.

    The days of dealers taking pride in their product are GONE.

    Kids just wanna get a buzz, not an ambulance ride and a toe tag.

    All the boutique stuff from Northern California that makes its’ way here, directly or by passing through medical marijuana outlets is WICKED!

    Kids in the OP are paying up to $500.00 an ounce for the premium stuff….

    If they ever legalize it the feds are gonna have to come up with a grading system. A couple of tokes off some high-end medical weed and it’s boom-boom-pow-lights-out for the Rastaman. One joint is good to get 5-7 people high enough for a Taco Bell run and then nighty-nite in that good NyQuil coma sort of way.

    So yeah, I’m gonna have an issue with people one toke over the line hoppin’ in their A6, F-150 or Delta 88 and driving.

    The clinical chronic is designed to shut down your senses so you can’t feel any pain and get much needed rest. It does it in a way that many big pharma drugs just can’t.

    There needs to be a strong dividing line between the kind of weed that can be used for medical versus recreational use. Just like with booze there is a big difference between 12 Miller Lites in the new vortex bottle that’ll blast the beer down your gullet like a Ron Jeremy cum shot and 12 shots of Absynthe.

  10. Hearne Christopher says:

    Well, when you put it that way…

    Actually I do enjoy perusing the Star. I’m a paid subscriber. But I also enjoy helping to keep ’em honest

  11. chuck says:

    I’ve never had Absynthe
    Is is nastry?

  12. Hearne Christopher says:

    Nastry? Dunno about that, but it tastes like it dripped out of a dead dog’s ear

  13. Smartman says:

    I can recommend Lucid as a brand of absinthe that’s pretty damn good. Can’t miss it at the store. Cat eyes on the bottle.

    Some drink to remember. Some drink to forget. Some drink absinthe to remember to forget or forget to remember. I understand why the stuff made Vinny Van Gogh whack his ear off.

  14. la_story says:

    Local News
    Would you rather the KC Star rush out a story the next day that basically regurgitates the national report, or take some time and apply the report to our local community? I think you are unfair on this criticism. I’m not as interested in the national report as I am in how the trends are playing out in our community. I’m interested in how this might affect public policy decisions by local governments and the school district. The KC Star deserves their fair share of criticism, but yours today isn’t likely one of them.

  15. Hearne Christopher says:

    As I understand it, from Bill George, the absinthe sold in this country is way different – less strong – than the absinthe sold overseas. Which is illegal

  16. Hearne Christopher says:

    Fair enough. But other local communities were able to do the same thing several weeks earlier. Why wait a month to report the basic news?

  17. chuck says:

    Thanks fellas

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