Articel Rebuttal

Article Rebuttal
Becky Waldron
Kenneth White
June 5, 2012

Article Rebuttal

According to Carl Hiaaseen of the Miami Herald, drug testing welfare applicants is a failing program that only pays off for the drug screening companies and this policy was designed to single out the individuals living in poverty.   The new law, which was passed on March 31, 2011, requires all welfare applicants to submit to a drug test before benefits will be disbursed.   Carl Hiaaseen’s article was written on September 30, 2011, which is less than one year after the bill was passed which doesn’t allow for much time to collect new data.
Although I do have an opposing view then Mr. Hiaaseen, who believes that this new law is a colossal waste of money, which was “based on the misinformed and condescending premise that welfare recipients are more prone to use illegal drugs than people who are fortunate enough to have jobs” (Hiaaseen, n.d.).   Even though we harness opposite view as to whether this program is a good investment, Carl is a very credible source, he is a graduate of the University of Florida, with years of experience in journalism and is also an accomplished novelist.   He’s received numerous awards for his articles and has been published in 34 languages (Hiaaseen, n.d.).   At 23 years old Hiaasenn   joined the “Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter” (Hiaaseen, n.d.).   The Miami Herald it’s self is a reputable company founded in 1903, the Miami Herald has grown into the largest publication circulating in south Florida, winning many awards including the Pulitzer Prize.  
On the contrary, the reliability of Carl Hiaaseen’s reporting leaves something to be desired once a little research is done on this topic.   This article has a deceptive statements based in incomplete and altered data.   People always make the statement, “numbers don’t lie”, on the contrary, statistics can be skewed to favor on side of the other.   When calculating the success rate of this...