"Smoking Bedbugs" Hoax Video Uses Footage From Bogus Dabbing Report by ABC 15

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A scene from the fake news report on teens smoking bedbugs to get high.
A fake news report going viral on the Internet claims that teens are getting high by smoking crushed-up bedbugs.

To the frustration of local, anti-substance-abuse speaker Shane Watson, the hoax uses video footage of him from the bogus report on dabbing by ABC 15 we told you about on Thursday.

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-Dabbing Hysteria Exposed: Drug-Abuse Educator Slams ABC 15 for Exaggerations

As Valley Fever detailed yesterday, Watson had complained to us about the way ABC 15 and reporter MaryEllen Resendez had portrayed him in a September 2013 broadcast piece about dabbing, a term for smoking hash oil made from marijuana. Watson said he'd told Resendez he'd dabbed -- once. Her report makes him sound like he was addicted for years to dabbing.

The ABC 15 report on the "dangers" of dabbing went viral last year, drawing heavy criticism from marijuana advocates. Earlier this month, footage from the piece was assembled into the hoax video on smoking bedbugs. It features Watson prominently, and through editing and narration makes him appear to be discussing what it's like to get high on bedbugs.

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Watson noticed the video recently and shot us a link. An Internet search shows that the video has been posted on numerous sites, including on LiveLeak.com, where it's garnered an impressive 355,000 views as of this afternoon.

That one or two teens might try to smoke bugs isn't so far-fetched, to judge by the many Internet videos we've seen in which teens do something stupid. Indeed, several website authors seem to have bought into the idea of the fake trend, at least initially. But it's fairly obvious BS.

Still, in the last couple of days, the likes of Wired magazine and Snopes.com have felt compelled to debunk the report.

The fake-news video actually requires a double-debunking, as New Times readers know, since the original story was nearly as unrealistic.


Below: The LiveLeak version of the "smoking bedbugs" report:


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24 comments
ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Could we hear an investigation in to whether this is just plain stupidity or are they trying to brainwash us or gauge population responses to media reports for future use in political campaigns (they're getting ready to run Palin for something so they have to understand whether or not we will accept something as true when it's completely bogus).

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

lol ABC15 Arizona they are the biggest fucking joke.

Brian Schaefer
Brian Schaefer

Ok thank God that the New Times picked that piece up and clarified things for me.

SerferJoe
SerferJoe

Just wait until election time gets closer. We're going to have some real fun.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Back in the sixties, when the earth was still cooling, and when such things happened without the internet and social media, the government became concerned that kids were smoking banana peels and getting really buzzed. There was even talk of outlawing bananas, until the "man" finally figured out it was a joke.

Dave Wisniewski
Dave Wisniewski

It probably cures autism. Thats why they dont want you to do it.

Sterling Albert
Sterling Albert

So, I've been smoking all this time for nothing? :-D

1959cutter
1959cutter

"IM MR MESEEKS,LOOK AT MEEEeee!!!"

Robert Montano
Robert Montano

But you can't call bullshit on a news organization cause then they get all huffy ...

Joe Robinson
Joe Robinson

I'm sellin them bugs real cheap get at me

Jared Slaff
Jared Slaff

Someone's smokin something to think kids are actually dabbing bedbugs to get high.. No wonder I watch 3TV instead..

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Talk about a credibility gap. I say boycott ch. 15 and ch.5!!! Idiots, all of them. They must really think we're stupid. Smoking bedbugs, indeed!

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