Now I know that the majority of you are pretty clued up when it comes to being able to spot when the media manipulate drug stories for their own ends, but I thought a quick reference to an old movie might put it into context. The movie itself is "How to get ahead in advertising" starring Richard E. Grant as the main protagonist Denis Dimbleby Bagley who works in advertising and marketing. The scene is set with three men sitting in a train carriage: Businessman on Train: [reading a newspaper] I see the police have made another lightning raid. Priest on Train: I suppose young girls was involved? Businessman on Train: One found naked in the bathroom. "Breasts smeared with peanut butter. The police also found a bag containing 15 ounces of cannabis resin. The bag may also have contained a small quantity of heroin." Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Or a porkpie. The bag may also have contained a porkpie. Businessman on Train: I hardly see what a porkpie's got to do with it. Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Then how about a turnip? The bag may also have contained a large turnip. Priest on Train: The bag was full of drugs. It says so! Denis Dimbleby Bagley: It's the oldest trick in the book. Priest on Train: Book? What book? Denis Dimbleby Bagley: The distortion of truth by association book. You all believe heroin was in the bag because cannabis resin was in the bag, but the chances of it actually being there are certainly 100 to 1. Businessman on Train: A lot more likely than what you say. Denis Dimbleby Bagley: About as likely as the tits smeared with peanut butter. Priest on Train: The tits were spread with peanut butter! It says so! Who's a man you are to think you know more about it than the press? Denis Dimbleby Bagley: I'm an expert on tits. Tits and peanut butter. I'm also an expert drug pusher. I've been pushing drugs for 20 years, and I can tell you a pusher always protects his pitch. We want to sell them cigarettes, and we don't like competition, see? So we associate a relatively innocuous drug with one that is more deadly, and the rags go along with it because they adore the dough from the ads! ---------------------------------- The key phrase here is: "distortion of truth by association " It is used every day in every news article you read, see or hear. It is a favourite trick of the wily politician and propagandist and you need to be able to spot it in your sleep.