The wayward Press Club

If the National Press Club holds a forum about a news story, shouldn’t the forum include at least one of the reporters who broke it?

Having defended the cause of comedy in the person of Wonkette regarding the flap over the National Press Club’s GannonGluckert forum, I ought in justice to acknowledge validity of the central complaint in Sean-Paul Kelly’s letter of protest, cited by Majikthise.

It does seem extremely strange for the National Press Club to conduct a forum on a major news story and invite the subject of the story but none of the reporters who broke it.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com