Alex Berenson (Author) Bio, Age, Wife, Books, NYT, Networth, John Wells, Coronavirus

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Alex Berenson Biography

Alex Berenson is an American author and former journalist. She is a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of several thriller novels. He is the author of the controversial 2019 book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.

Alex Berenson Age

Alex was born on January 6, 1973 in New York.

Alex Berenson Education

Alex has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Yale University.

Alex Berenson Net worth

Alex’s net worth is under review.

Alex Berenson Wife

Alex is married to Jacqueline Berenson who is a forensic psychiatrist. During an interview with The Marshall Project about his book “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence” he said that his wife told him that nearly all her patients had used marijuana heavily, many at the times of their crimes.

“My wife Jacqueline is a forensic psychiatrist. She evaluates the criminally mentally ill. She told me that nearly all her patients had used marijuana heavily, many at the times of their crimes. At first I didn’t really believe her—stupidly—but she encouraged me to evaluate the evidence myself. And the more I read, the more I realized she was right. Marijuana drives a surprising amount of psychosis, and psychosis—besides being a terrible burden for sufferers and their families—is a shockingly high risk for violent crime.”

Alex Berenson New York Times

Berenson is a former reporter who worked for the Times from 1999 to 2010 primarily covering the pharmaceutical industry.

Alex Berenson Tell Your Children – Alex Berenson Marijuana

Berenson is the author of “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence”. One of the main points in the book is that Marijuana legalization is a terrible idea, because legal pot is already causing more people to become schizophrenic and psychotic, and people who are schizophrenic and psychotic are more likely to commit violent crimes.

Several experts debunked the book’s claim- much of which seems to be based on the common fallacy of mistaking correlation for causation.

He also received criticism from the people whose expertise he claimed to draw from. Ziva Cooper, the research director for UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative who served as a committee member on the 468-page National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report cited by Berenson and Gladwell asserted that Berenson completely misunderstood the report’s conclusions around schizophrenia.

“To say that we concluded cannabis causes schizophrenia, it’s just wrong, and it’s meant to precipitate fear… People who have schizophrenia are also known to be very heavy tobacco smokers, but we don’t say that tobacco causes schizophrenia.”

Alex Berenson John Wells

Berenson is the author of John Wells espionage thrillers.

  1. The Faithful Spy (2006)
  2. The Ghost War aka The Ghost Agent (2008)
  3. The Silent Man (2009)
  4. The Midnight House (2010)
  5. The Secret Soldier (2011)
  6. The Shadow Patrol (2012)
  7. The Night Ranger (2013)
  8. The Counterfeit Agent (2014)
  9. Twelve Days (2015)
  10. The Wolves (2016)
  11. The Prisoner (2017)
  12. The Deceivers (2018)

Alex Berenson Non- Fiction Books

  1. The Number (2003)
  2. Lost in Kandahar (2011)
  3. The Prince of Beers (2012)
  4. Tell Your Children (2019)

Alex Berenson Coronavirus

Alex is challenging is criticizing coronavirus coverage and condemning social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He alleges that after analyzing the data on the crisis on a daily basis for weeks he has come to the conclusion that the strategy of shutting down entire sectors of the economy is based on modeling that doesn’t line up with the realities of the virus.

He tweeted; “In February I was worried about the virus. By mid-March I was more scared about the economy. But now I’m starting to get genuinely nervous. This isn’t complicated. The models don’t work. The hospitals are empty. WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT INDEFINITE LOCKDOWNS?”

In an interview with Fox News he said; “The response we have taken has caused enormous societal devastation, I don’t think that’s too strong a word.”

He said he had been looking at the model put forward by the Imperial College in London, when one of the authors of the models appeared to significantly walk back projections that the U.K. would see 500,000 people killed by the disease to closer to 20,000 — although the author later said that the 500,000 prediction was without social distancing measures, and 20,000 was with them in place.

“That was March 22 or 23, and ever since then I’ve been paying incredibly close attention to the modeling and trying to figure out whether it lines up with what we’re seeing in reality — and the answer is it hasn’t lined up at all.”

He added that he had been focusing on discrepancies within the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) model. He argues that the models have social distancing and other measures baked into them. He says that outside of places like New York there has not been a national health crisis that was predicted — nor are there signs that the level of lockdown in various states has made a difference.

“Aside from New York, nationally there’s been no health system crisis. In fact, to be truly correct there has been a health system crisis, but the crisis is that the hospitals are empty. This is true in Florida where the lockdown was late, this is true in southern California where the lockdown was early, it’s true in Oklahoma where there is no statewide lockdown. There doesn’t seem to be any correlation between the lockdown and whether or not the epidemic has spread wide and fast.”

He blames the models for a response that has effectively shut down large sectors of the economy and is causing significant financial harm to Americans. He alleged that the correct response in the initial days of the crisis would not have been to do nothing, but instead to adopt a more measured and targeted approach.

“There was incredible pressure to do something … so these lockdowns all cascaded, every governor tried to outdo the next. And no one stopped and said ‘OK what about Japan, they don’t seem to have a terrible epidemic, they wear masks, maybe we should wear masks.”

In lengthy Twitter threads he argued that the drop in cases seen in various states has come before lockdowns would have had an impact — since it takes a few weeks for social distancing measures to take effect due to the window between infection and symptoms.

Alex Berenson Political Affiliation – Alex Berenson Politics

According to Fox News Berenson is not a known partisan. “His Twitter feed and other works contain few references to specific politicians, and there’s no indication that he’s in this to bash or defend Trump or either political party. But he noted that, like with his conclusions on marijuana, there has been a distinct lack of interest from the left.”

Alex Berenson Twitter

 

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