Hooray P-I, Boo Times

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John Popper of Blues Traveler was arrested for pot possession. But almost every article out there makes it sound like he was arrested for gun possession, or that the gun possession was somehow legally significant.

Kudos to the Seattle P-I for not putting the guns in the lead or headline, and for clearly stating the charges are only for the drugs and driving.

The Seattle Times chose to overemphasize the guns by putting them in the headline, and by putting a lot of details about the guns in the story as though they are relevant.

In fact, it was perfectly legal for him to have all those guns hidden in his car. Nothing wrong with it at all. Why even mention that he had "hidden compartments"? How does that matter to anything? Why not also mention that he had $500 in cash in his wallet? Or that he had antihistamines in the glove compartment?


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