Bill O'Reilly gets the facts wrong about high school marijuana use

In the above clip, O'Reilly is seen arguing with Columbia University neuroscientist Carl Hart (author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society) about the percentage of high school seniors who said they smoked marijuana recently. O'Reilly defends the number supplied to him by his research team, saying Hart should "take it up with the National Institutes of Health," to which Hart replies, "I am a council member on the National Institutes of Health. Your number is wrong... it's a fact." O'Reilly stares down at his papers and shuffles them, and says, "I doubt it's a fact because we don't get this wrong."

At the end of the segment O'Reilly says, in passing, that Hart's number is correct, but doesn't says anything about how this destroys his argument that today's teens are smoking more pot than teens in earlier years.

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  1. So according to Bill O'Reilly TV researchers don't get stuff wrong? Don't they just wikipedia everything and then half remember it like the rest of us?

  2. n000n says:

    Looking at the chart provided here, the numbers are pretty troubling.

    In 1991 1.9% of 12th graders had used LSD in the last 30 days. By 2013, that number had fallen to just 1.4%.

    We all need to be asking ourselves how we can get those scores back up.

  3. Typo alert: this headline has five extraneous words at the end of it.

  4. dpamac says:

    I worked with Carl Hart when he took over a text book called Drugs, Society & Human Behavior years ago. He is one of the smartest people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He's also far cooler than most textbook authors.

  5. Shuck says:

    Why should Bill being factually wrong cause him to change his argument? It's never stopped him in the past.

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