An investigation revealed by the Washington Free Beacon organizations that distribute crack pipes could qualify for funding from the Biden administration.
the lighthouse first reported about the “Harm Reduction Program Grant” in February, with a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesperson telling the news outlet that “safe smoking kits” for crack and methamphetamine will be provided as a means to promote “racial equity”. .”
However, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler quickly attacked the report and said it was “based on assumptions.”
During a press conference on february 9White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the “safe smoking kits” contained crack pipes.
“They were never part of the team; it was an inaccurate report,” she replied. “And we wanted to release information to make that clear.”
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra issued an announcement denying that the program used federal funding for pipelines.
Combining these stories enabled other media – take the Daily Beast for example – to smear the Beacon reports and subsequent Fox News analysis as a “fake scandal.”
Undeterred, the Beacon set out to find more information on smoking kits. And this is what they found.
Yes, safe smoking kits include free crack pipes. We know because we have them. https://t.co/8bHrAOpo1Q
—Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 12, 2022
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what they found
Instead of relying on assumptions, as Kessler had accused the Washington Free Beacon paid visits and made phone calls to some of the harm reduction organizations that may qualify for the grant program.
The headline of his research says it all:
Yes, safe smoking kits include free crack pipes. We know because we have them.
The Beacon visited the organizations in five different cities: Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Richmond, and in each case, their kit included a crack pipe.
“All of the organizations we visited made crack pipes, as well as paraphernalia for heroin, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine use readily available without requiring or offering rehabilitation services, suggesting that pipes are included in many if not most , of the kits distributed throughout the world. country,” they write.
Man, that Corn Pop has probably gone from being a ‘bad guy’ to a happy guy with this news.
It’s you? pic.twitter.com/dQ9qxqKouk
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 12, 2022
And each facility, they point out, is the type of group “eligible to receive funding” from the Biden administration’s $30 million grant program “beginning this month.”
Kessler tweeted the new Beacon article and then updated his own column.
“The Free Beacon reports that crack pipes are being distributed in safe smoking kits up and down the East Coast,” it reviewed.
The word ‘correction’ is nowhere to be found. in the room.
So will you admit that your song? pic.twitter.com/3daVh3u7AW
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 12, 2022
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I can already tell you what’s going to happen next. The White House, Kessler and other media outlets and fact checkers will maintain that the federal funds have not yet been used to distribute the crack pipes as the grants have not yet been distributed.
In fact, Beacon notes that grant recipients won’t be announced until May 15.
And while Psaki adamantly denied that the kits contained crack pipes, he definitely began to veer down the path of changing the goalposts to reference funding.
“No federal funding has been earmarked,” he updated at today’s press conference.
And yet, without giving up a narrative, Psaki told reporters that the crack pipe story was actually a “conspiracy theory.”
“This policy does not allow crack pipes to be included. I would just point out that this is some kind of conspiracy theory that has been spread around,” he said. “It’s not accurate.”
Jen Psaki says it’s a “conspiracy theory” that HHS “safe smoking kits” contain crack pipes.
“It’s not exact”. pic.twitter.com/5D0lBnCXNh
– Town Hall.com (@townhallcom) May 12, 2022
He then added once again that the Biden administration is not using funds for crack pipes.
“There are important drug treatment programs for people who have been suffering from what we have seen as an epidemic throughout the country, and the money is not used for crack pipes,” he concluded.
A reporter quoting a @freebeacon report, asks “if any tax dollars were paid for these crack pipes” at federally funded harm reduction sites.
Psaki: “There will be no federal money going into that…I would just point out that this is a little conspiracy theory that has been spread around.” pic.twitter.com/0DF31h9JZU
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 12, 2022
To be clear, the Free Beacon report states that its findings raise questions “about the Biden administration’s claim that its multi-million dollar harm reduction grant program would not funnel taxpayer dollars into drug paraphernalia.”
Words will be parsed and there will be assurances that there is no hotline from Biden administration grants to crack pipe distribution programs.
Neither organization involved in the investigation confirmed or denied whether or not they had applied for the grants, “nor has the administration said how it will ensure the kits do not contain crack pipes.”
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