Drug Abuse Soaring at New York Post: Insiders

The journalists at New York’s most prestigious newspaper use paper often, but not for writing—drug use at the offices of The New York Post is soaring, whistleblowers say.

And it’s not just pot. Statistics given to The Spectator by anonymous entities show that police have visited the offices of The New York Post 437 times in the last two years; 420 of those visits were drug-related.

Anonymous sources have supported these statistics. “People used to brag that they could hammer out an entire story, with fabricated quotes and all, in just ten minutes even though they were high on weed,” said an anonymous person we found on the street, who may or may not work at The New York Post. “But today, you have to punch out a story in less than five minutes while high on shrooms in order to get any sort of respect.”

“Oh yea, drug use is totally rampant over at the New York Post’s offices,” an anonymous police officer said. “Actually, I think it might be even worse there than at Stuyvesant High School.”

The Spectator has also uncovered that this drug use has been going on undetected for years. “When I was a senior, I used to go to their offices every day during the summer because I had an internship there,” said an anonymous alumnus of some educational institution. “I remember what I saw the first time I walked in: clouds of smoke above every cubicle, an editor using an old newspaper as rolling paper, and a dog trying to light up a crack pipe in one of the corners of the room. I was then immediately told to keep quiet if I wanted to keep my position.”

The Editor-in-Chief of The New York Post, Allan Colin, has been blamed for being a “Tiger Editor” who disdains therapy, creating this hazy atmosphere—an atmosphere that makes even executing simple Google searches to check the name of a high school principal difficult. “The guys over at the Copy department, which is the department responsible for fact-checking, are known for having the best weed. When I was interning, I spent a lot of time satisfying the requests of the department for which I was interning by buying pot from Copy,” the same anonymous alumnus said.

Colin could not be reached for comment, but others at the newspaper did come on the record. “I don’t think… there’s [anything wrong with using drugs or modifying quotes. How else are we supposed to come up with our creative headlines?]” education correspondent Buisso Gerry said.

Dennis Nenov, class of 2015, is one of the editors of the Humor department. You can reach Dennis at [email protected]

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