Media mistakes in covering a police video illustrate unaddressed problems
By not independently investigating claims before publishing them, news outlets fail their audiences.
Last week, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department posted a video of an officer supposedly overdosing from contact with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Titled, “The Dangers of Fentanyl,” the video is a dramatic 4-minute public service announcement promoting the importance of having naloxone on hand.
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