Fighting back

The most effective anti-Bush spot I’ve seen so far this campaign.

I have no objection to giving Sinclair Broadcasting a hard time about putting a dishonest anti-Kerry piece — made by a former Homeland Security flack who wrote a book about how the Rev. Sun Myung Moon had been persecuted — on the air as “news” a few days before the election. It’s clearly an abuse of their broadcast licences. If a boycott can stop them, or at least damage them, great!

But my inner ACLU member is telling me “The remedy for bad speech is more speech.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we could find some remnant of the alleged liberal media to put on, say, Going Upriver in the same media markets where Sinclair is broadcasting its filth?

Or, faling that, how about ponying up a few bucks to get this ad on the air?

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: