Shame on Mike Bertha for jumping to a conclusion and presenting it as fact on his blog for Philadelphia Magazine.
Earlier today, he wrote:
Philadelphians Remember Whitney Houston. The 48-year-old singer died of a prescription drug overdose over the weekend.How does he know that she died of a drug overdose when the toxicology test results likely won't be known for several weeks?
The CBS 3 report he cites says nothing about the cause of death.
Assuming that the cause was a drug overdose, since Houston has a known history of drug and alcohol abuse, is like me assuming that Bertha is going to botch any other "fact" he may happen to report in the future.
I want to assume that some of what he will write will be accurate. Shouldn't our late singer also be given the benefit of the doubt, pending medical proof either way?
I emailed Bertha to point this out (although not in so many words). He responded with the following:
"I meant to link, 'died of a prescription drug overdose' to the TMZ article from early this morning that says the Houston family that [sic] it appears that it was prescription drugs and not drowning. I apologize for the mix[-]up."So instead of jumping to his own conclusion and presenting it as fact, he is simply republishing someone else's premature (and obviously unconfirmed) conclusion.
I don't see this as a mix-up, as he called it. I see it as lazy journalism.
Maybe he's just too busy auditioning for Fox News.