Great rebuttal of what was really a dreadful hit piece from Vice. Disappointing that the author didn’t interview Dr. Whitaker while developing her article, and only sought a response late in the writing process to Whitaker’s critics whom she had granted interviews — this does not comport with the process I was taught in journalism school (in the halcyon days of…2008). Besides that, the author seems to have limited subject matter knowledge, and was probably the wrong choice to assign the piece in the first place. It appears Vice hasn’t changed much in the past decade even as they’ve expanded their breadth and scope of reporting and embraced the aesthetics (only just) of social justice; work like the article in question evinces poor editorial oversight and questionable staffing practices, problems which have always plagued the rag and clearly do still. Oh well! I’d like to add my voice to the chorus thanking Whitaker and MIA for providing this platform. As I no longer have institutional access to academic journals, I come here primarily for research news, but the blogs (and comments!) are a breath of fresh air even if I don’t always agree with everything in them. Also, this is a bit of a long shot, but Google has been no help in this: does anyone know of a site like MIA, but focusing rather on critical perspectives on drug policy and addiction treatment?