Dogs and fleas, media division

Why are Imus and Limbaugh still on the air?

What do Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh have in common?

They’re still on the air, inexcusably. The media companies that continue to enable them (including MS-NBC for Imus and ClearChannel for Limbaugh) ought to be severely criticized, and they and the sponsors of those shows should be boycotted where practical. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

And the Republican politicians who act like dittoheads on Limbaugh’s program &#8212 Dick Cheney, in particular &#8212 ought to be asked why, and asked again and again and again. There is simply no comparable Democratic figure: no one nearly as vicious has nearly as great an audience or nearly as much support from those in power.

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