CBS 5's Morgan Loew Got Stat Wrong in Medical-Marijuana Report, DHS Director Will Humble Says

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Morgan Loew, CBS 5 reporter, is even worse at math than we are.
Ninety percent of medical-marijuana cardholders didn't qualify for nothing but "chronic and severe pain," as Channel 5's Morgan Loew reported last week, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services told us this morning.

New Times writer Matthew Hendley wrote several articles recently about Loew's May 15 report on how easy it was to obtain a medical-marijuana card, noting several problems with the report. For one, Loew signed a form attesting to the fact that he had chronic and severe back pain, so he shouldn't have complained that the doctor did anything wrong. But Hendley also pointed out that Loew incorrectly stated -- and a graphic accompanying his broadcast showed -- that 90 percent of cardholders were qualified only for severe and chronic pain, and not for other state-approved qualifying ailments such as AIDs, cancer and glaucoma.

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In a Facebook post late night, Loew doubled-down on the debate, complaining that New Times had criticized his work and saying that, "my numbers were right, by the way."

Hendley, in his critique, mentions, quotes Loew as saying in his broadcast, "Ninety percent of the certifications are for severe and chronic pain... "Not cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, ALS, or any of the other specific illnesses that qualify someone for medical marijuana."

Though the percentage of pain-only patients in the program is substantial, DHS' web site states that it's actually 71 percent and not 90 percent -- as Hendley's been saying. The other 29 percent do, in fact, have cancer, AIDS or one of the other qualifying ailments.

DHS Director Will Humble tells us this morning that not only was Loew's info incorrect, but that he'd sent Loew an email with the facts after his report ran. We're not aware of any correction made by Channel 5.

Here's the email Humble sent Loew on May 17:


Hi.

Just BTW: The New Times ran a blog yesterday criticizing the 90% severe and chronic pain reference. As an fyi... the 90% figure includes the patients that qualified via only Severe & Chronic Pain + the patients that qualified with more than 1 condition- one of which was severe and chronic pain.

will


Loew responded to our request for comment this morning by accusing us of twisting the facts.

Guess he's not working on that correction.


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cmiller2900
cmiller2900

He is a brave soul to work for the booze and prison folk! #loser

Thomas Smythe
Thomas Smythe

Doesn't have anything to do with math...go smoke another joint!

Thomas Smythe
Thomas Smythe

Maybe you should try printing a few yourself, considering all the CRAP that your little RAG prints and calls "journalism"...

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

"my numbers were right, by the way" Morgan Loew

"Every change that is made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula." Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf

Looks like Morgan has learned his lessons well.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

I was talking about this subject (MM Legalization in general, medical or otherwise) with a family member of mine and she stated that she wished the pro-MJ crowd/group would start using actual scientific figures to make their argument.

As I told her, they are, but it's hard to counter with facts when the anti-mj crowd feels perfectly fine using reefer madness propaganda and false stats to sell their argument and this incident is a perfect example of the problem that has existed in this country since the 1930's about MJ - the lies that are told by the anti/establishment crowd that are almost always wrong and nothing more than propaganda in their initial reporting and no corrections after being called out on those false statements even when the pro side has the facts correct.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I'm starting a new blog - called shitty journalists.  I'll make sure every human relations department at every news outlet gets a notice of our listings.  I'd like to make sure these types of yellow journalists don't EVER get hired again in the industry.  He should be blackballed and forced to work a technical job in layout!

teknik
teknik topcommenter

lol, that peasky truth is allt twisted up!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

I've been involved as an interviewee in 4 different stories conducted by Channel 5 reporters over the years.  In each and every story they got key facts wrong and when told about them, did nothing.  That news division has no ethical standing in the journalism community in Arizona - they're an arm of the Marketing Department and that's all.  It's disgusting that they call themselves a "news" outlet at all!

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

There's no reason that Channel 5 should let the facts -especially easy to verify ones - get in the way of the agenda that it is trying to promote (please note my sarcasm).

Troy Farah
Troy Farah

He doesn't sound like a journalist at all to me.

Canna Commando
Canna Commando

he did not go to math school so he does not do the math!

Gordon Cole
Gordon Cole

Someone should do an expose, confront him with a camera when he's leaving work.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Seems that when thinking up bogus data, Loew gets chronic pain and head aches.  He also gets grumpy when proven wrong.

teknik
teknik topcommenter

he never thought he was right, he's deliberately lying to suit an agenda.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@davelog @WhoKnows I've been told in these blogs that marijuana use doesn't impair judgement so that's probably not the explanation.

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