Is the Times about to unleash Doug Jehl?

If so, sell Judith Miller short.

Editor and Publisher says so.

Arianna Huffington says so, and apparently has sources.

If so, the era of Judith Miller, media martyr, is likely to be a short one, and the bullsh*t gossip-monger “media critics” such as Howard Kurtz and his various bloggic and semi-bloggic imitators can sit back and watch how real media criticism is done: by shoe-leather reporting.

My sense, for what little it’s worth, is that Jehl is the one Times reporter who wanted to cover Plamegate seriously from the beginning, and that he’s both livid with rage at his colleagues and editors and sufficiently vindicated by events to have earned the right to do his job, at last, without interference.

This is going to be fun to watch.

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