Algemeen Dagblad writes nonsense about E-cigarette complaints
The time when the "traditional" press was known for reliability, and thorough research before publishing an article, is far behind us. Now media outlets are competing for the reader's attention, and that requires fast information with a good dose or opinion instead of hard facts. The Algemeen Dagblad seems to have a clear position on the subject of e-cigarettes; fumes is bath. You can express an opinion, newspapers may also "color" their reporting for their readers, but (consciously) omitting facts may not be the intention. Yet AD seems to be taking a walk with the facts, and with it their readers. Let's take a closer look at some examples:
Picking complaints from the internet
When a student at school mentions “Facebook responses” as a reference, this child can immediately expect a fail. The Algemeen Dagblad unquestionably takes over complaints about vapors from anonymous people online. Complaints about electric "smoking" are expected, but users do not always know that withdrawal symptoms can be caused by smoking cessation. When someone switches to decaffeinated coffee and gets a headache, this is not because of the new coffee, it is because the body is addicted to caffeine. Users are usually not experts, so why would you publish those comments as truth?
Kill by using e-cigarettes
In the United States, dozens of dampers have died from the effects of e-cigarettes. Wait a minute, is this the full story? No, because the dead are all due to the fumes or unofficial e-liquids that contain THC. The solvent used for this is life-threatening, but that has nothing to do with normal vapors. But the Algemeen Dagblad apparently had too little room in the newspaper for that explanation.
Whether it's the AD, De Telegraaf or de Volkskrant, a writing style for the supporters does not mean that you can simply withhold important facts. If blogs offer more factual information than the "real" press, that's not a good sign for journalism.