Is It Outrageous That Denver Newspaper Now has a Pot Reviewer? Bill O’Reilly Thinks it is

It is now legal in Colorado to sell and buy marijuana. As a result of this law, the Denver Post newspaper has hired a “pot editor.” Bill O’Reilly thinks this is an outrage.

The venerable, left-wing Denver paper hired toker Ricardo Baca to review pot sellers and write about the issues around the current legal status as the Centennial State moves forward with counties and communities figuring out how to write laws and ordinances to accommodate the new pot laws.

Well, maybe “toker” isn’t the right word to use for Baca. In an appearance on the Stephen Colbert show he noted that he doesn’t smoke weed. But he does eat it.

Lovely.

All of this made Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly go nuts. O’Reilly’s head exploded as he noted that the newspaper has just created a position for a guy who will have to get inebriated for a living!

O’Reilly does have a point, though. Some may want to claim that smoking “Mary Jane” is somehow “just like” drinking alcohol, but one can drink alcohol without becoming totally drunk. This is not true of pot. You cannot use pot without becoming obliterated.

So, what do you guys think? Is this just another example of how our newspapers and news media are wallowing in ever lower standards? Or is a “pot editor” a good idea?

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Posted by on December 11, 2013.
Filed under corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Liberals, Media.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • Commander_Chico

    Many newspapers have beer and wine reviewers, not much different.

  • Paul Hooson

    Smoking of any type isn’t healthy, all smoking brings significant health risks for the users, however if this is legal under local law, then nothing prevents the use of reviewers for this type of product. – O’Reilly’s argument that somehow one form of drug use or abuse(alcohol vs. pot) is somehow safer or better than the other just makes my eyes glaze over. Real scientists would have a real problem proving O’Reilly’s point, which seems like some cultural Irish thing to me more than pure science.

    • Commander_Chico

      Yeah, O’Reilly’s got some of that Irish booze rage [NSFW]:

      • Paul Hooson

        Thank You Chico! I recognize that Irish booze rage anywhere! – That’s a perfect video right there! – I might be part Irish myself, and proud of it, but the booze culture of some Irish is nothing short of disappointing to me.

      • Jwb10001

        How very bigoted of you Chico, do all Irish people look like to you too?

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          Why should his bigotry be limited to race, after all…

          • Jwb10001

            Yep he’s an equal opportunity bigot.

          • Commander_Chico

            You guys are so cute when you try to be politically correct.

            Fuck it, we’ll do it live!

          • Retired military

            In other words Chico chose Option E.

          • jim_m

            We all know you are probably the most prejudiced person here.

          • Jwb10001

            And it’s so cute when bigots display their bigotry by stereotyping people. Did you learn that behavior from your intolerant parents or did you are you a 1st generation bigot.

          • Paul Hooson

            I’m the one that brought up the Irish issue here, Rodney. I’m part Irish, and I find it distressful that the Irish Board Of Health reported that 54% of adult Irish are involved with problem drinking. Outside of the Jewish community, Irish Americans are the most successful socio-economic grouping, yet alcohol abuse issues among Irish-Americans tend to run second to alcohol abuse issues among some Native American groupings. – From the standpoint of psychologists and other professionals, all of this is very disturbing.

          • jim_m

            It is still an obnoxious stereotype and it is bigoted to smear an Irish person as chico has done. Statistics don’t matter. If you characterized blacks as criminals it would be both statistically accurate and prejudiced.

          • Paul Hooson

            Blacks might be more likely to arrested than Whites, which might explain any differences in incarceration rates. For example, a police officer might be more likely to arrest a Black youth involved in being on the street past curfew than a White youth out pass curfew due to stereotypes as well as racial profiling. That was the entire issue with the George Zimmerman case. A partially Hispanic male decided for himself that a Black teenager was up to no good solely because of his race rather than accepting that this same teenager could be staying with his father in the same gated community. This misunderstanding and false perception resulted in a fight that resulted in a fatal gunshot to one person. – Higher incarceration or arrest rates for any group does not mean that any group is any more prone to crime without first looking at what variables are involved in the statistics, etc.

          • jim_m

            Wow. I didn’t think it was that hard to miss my point, but you seem to have managed.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Thank you for sharing…

  • Brett Buck

    Stupid drug addicts and their enablers hire a drug addict to edit a newspaper column for other drug addicts. Sounds like a winner, what could go wrong? Stoner logic.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    O’Reilly’s ratings must have stalled again. Hence the faux outrage schtick. Usually those two items go hand in hand. Of course he always can mollify himself by perusing his bank account. The surprising thing about this story is that the Denver Post still is being published. Since pot is legal under Colorado law (and incidentally it’s amazing how alleged, erstwhile and quasi-conservatives so instantly can become fair weather states’ rights aficionados, depending upon the specific issue and their own pet peeves) obviously it’s not an outrage that this rag would have a reviewer. Ultimately the paper’s customers will decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Capitalism. Learn to love it. The following comment speaks at such high volumes about the ridiculous demographics of the putative conservative blogosphere: “You cannot use pot without becoming obliterated.” Really? Tell that to a cancer patient or an AIDS patient who uses pot for pain relief. Or tell that to a woman with severe endometriosis who uses pot to deal with the cramps. Or to the licensed professional with severe social anxiety disorder who uses pot to balance themselves out before public speaking. FYI, Sparky, there’s a whole other world out there beyond your cocoon.

  • Brucehenry

    Umm, if you take just one toke you’ll get a little high, if you take 10 tokes you’ll get “obliterated” Just like if you drink one beer as opposed to a 12 pack. Don’t assert facts that are not, you know, facts.

    • Commander_Chico

      With some of the high-THC stuff being grown now, it does not take much. Not like the 1970s at all.

      I went to a “koffeehuis” in Amsterdam a couple of years ago – there were lots of magazines lying around describing how to hydroponicly grow powerful weed.

      I was barely able to get back to my hotel room after half a joint.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Like that has ever slowed you down?

  • Par4Course

    Bill is an anti-drug tea-totaler, whose position on this subject is not sound, but it is not fair to compare a wine reviewer to the Denver Post’s pot reviewer. Bill’s point is that people drink beer, wine and liquor for various reasons, with meals, social occasions, etc., without necessarily intending to or getting drunk. On the other hand, people smoke pot to get stoned – period. And the reviewer will presumably say what kind of weed produces the best or most intense high.

    People should have the right to imbibe, consume or inhale whatever they want without government interference so long as they do not become a danger to others, such as by operating a motor vehicle while drunk or high on drugs. Bill doesn’t recognize the cost of the War on Drugs; he believes that drug legalization would put an official seal of approval on drug use. Just because an activity is legal does not make it healthful or wise. Freedom means the ability to choose – even if some choices turn out badly.

  • JWH

    I don’t particularly care for a “pot reviewer” one way or the other. But I do hope Colorado media outlets hire business reporters with specific expertise to cover the now-legal industry.

  • Texas_Accountant

    As a free market libertarian, I have no complaints about the Denver Post hiring a “pot reporter.” Heck, I don’t care if they hire a heroin reporter, if that’s what they want to do to sell newspapers. I would not vote for the legalization of recreational drugs in my state, because the “liberals” want to allow drugs and make the rest of us pay for the consequences. For example, “parents are addicts, so we must give them money to pay for their children’s basic needs!” If you figure out a way for legalization without the rest of us paying for the rehab, etc. I will support it. Full disclosure: when I was in high school I experimented with marijuana once (it was a four year experiment – I was testing the long term effects).

  • GarandFan

    It’s not called ‘the mile high’ city for nothing.