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Reporter asks tough question, gets cut off McCain campaign conference call.

In case you were wondering why reporters aren’t asking John McCain any of the obvious questions he’d have a hard time answering, here’s a hint: a reporter who tried that on McCain surrogates Giuliani and Schenemann got cut off the conference call.

Will America’s journalists be weak-kneed enough to take this lying down? Excellent question. If there are no further questions, class is dismissed.

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: