Leaks in the Michael Brown Case and Bad Journalism

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There’s been a lot of new developments, leaks and so forth related to the Michael Brown case in Ferguson. Along with that has been a lot of suspect and downright bad journalism. I can’t believe the Washington Post ran with the following paragraph:

“Jurors have also been provided with the St. Louis County autopsy report, including toxicology test results for Brown that show he had levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. The Post’s sources said the levels in Brown’s body may have been high enough to trigger hallucinations.”

Not only does it look suspect to have selective leaks occurring in an investigation already shrouded in skepticism and upheaval, but to run with something so blatantly dumb, I don’t know what to say.

Here’s another one that’s just as bad:

“The source also told the newspaper that Wilson told jurors he was trapped in the front seat and couldn’t use his pepper spray to subdue Brown because it would have also incapacitated him. His baton was also out of reach, at the back of his utility belt, pinned between his body and the seat. He also did not have a stun gun, so he drew his gun, the Post-Dispatch reported.”

Fascinating moment in time to follow, if you’re a journalism geek.

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