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KATU: "Strong odor of marijuana observed at protest scene"

More bullshit that passes as "news" to the corporate media.
KATU Television is "covering" the protests with an online blog at  http://www.katu.com/news/blogger.asp. There coverage has been laughable, from claiming that they were "assaulted" by protestors to the alleged drug use among the protestors, it is an entertaining read in a sick way and also an a good reminder of why indymedia is so important.

12:24 PM:

Strong odor of marijuana observed at protest scene

A KATU News photographer near the scene at Willamette Blvd. and Portsmouth where protesters are assembled reports that there is a strong odor of marijuana in the crowd. Police in riot gear have also doubled their presence outside the center where the president is addressing supporters.


homepage: homepage: http://www.katu.com/news/blogger.asp

oh please... 21.Aug.2003 12:57


oh please....i don't smoke anything, yet i know people who work at KATU who do....
this reporter should stick to the topic on hand...

So what? 21.Aug.2003 13:10


This is just the type of reporting that the mainstream media uses to brainwash the public.

The U.S. government can snub its nose at the WORLD. Why can't its citizens do the same to it?

On second thought, Georgie should be right at home. He used the stuff in college (and more) Sniff Snort etc.

hang on a sec... 21.Aug.2003 13:14


on indymedia today:

a katu reporter is "assaulted" (with quotes), while a kboo freelancer is assaulted (without quotes).

KATU even provides video of the incident, KBOO has not. Yet people assume KATU is lying and KBOO is telling the truth.

Take your blinders off people, and use your eyes!

Evaluate the information that comes in and make a decision about whether it's reliable, rather than assuming that simply because it's from an organization with editors, managers, and paid reporters, it must be false!

sill 21.Aug.2003 13:14

mini me

That is pretty dumb to report but it's also pretty dumb to smoke at a protest unless that's what you're protesting. People need to realize that anything you do out of line will be picked apart. Stick to the issues at hand and don't give anyone anything to run with. Then again, maybe they were being defiant in their protest for medical marijuana or legalization. I support both.

Right wing slant 21.Aug.2003 13:24


Well Jeez, it's not like KATU's coverage is slanted or anything. They're just offering a phone number for information on pro-Bush rallies as a public service.

Cheeba 21.Aug.2003 13:27

Chardman rich23@disinfo.net

How do they know "the strong odor of marijuana" isn't emanating from the presidential motorcade?

Corporate vs. Portland 21.Aug.2003 13:52


KATU's blog claims that the protesters are chanting "Portland media lies!"

Anyone with ears can tell that they're chanting "Corporate media lies!"

KATU's news bureau is populated by asshats and nincompoops.

what's that smell 21.Aug.2003 13:54

needa smoke

That whiff in the air is pretty normal in NoPo around mid day...

burning sage 21.Aug.2003 18:20


The 'strong odor of marijuana' was sage. I don't smoke, so I too thought it was an amazing bong that was responsible, but a wiser activist informed me that the sage torch carried by the three (four?) powder white, feather adorned, chanting women was the culprit.

Asshat? 21.Aug.2003 19:33

Patriot Actor

I've probably battled some of you on other posts and it's likely we are diametrically opposed on just about everything, but I agree, here - I thought that was strange - especially when I first went to KATU.com and it was the very first headline. I thought it was completely irrelevant to what was going on. And if KATU wanted to discredit you, they didn't need to stoop to that level. Bandana-boy, who looked like somewhat of a cross between a homicide bomber and a bare-chested, flamboyant, masked-marauding pirate, did more than enough to discredit you in the footage of the the KATU cameraman "assault."

And whether it was "Portland Media Lies" or "Corporate Media Lies" ... does it make any difference? Is one somehow radically different than the other, in terms of what went on today? Not really. At least not in any intellectually honest way. But I don't really care because I give props to maxomai for incorporating the word "asshat" into his/her post. That cracked me up.

They observed the smell of ganja? 21.Aug.2003 20:00

Portland Socialist oregonsocialist@union.org.za

They observed the smell? They saw it? An odor? Really?

Do they have a photograph of the smell? I'd like to observe the smell, myself, since I have never seen what it smells like.

The likely culprit for that headline is Dubya Himself; everybody else out there is reasonably fluent in English.

P.O. Box 5633, Portland, OR 97228

ah yes, observing the smell 22.Aug.2003 02:37

it's called


Odor against the law? 25.Mar.2004 15:34


What if a rose smelled of ganja would it then be treated the same way, it shouldnt matter what the hell people smell. Georgie boy shouldnt be concerned with the smell, he should be used to things smelling alot worse.

Smell Observation 03.Feb.2007 16:09


Yr. comments on the observation of smells are brilliant!!

you smell what youv'e done 09.Nov.2008 11:14


most likely if you know what the smell is, then most likely you have smoked it.