Make that “Almost no disclosure”

ABC runs a big story about Presidential candidates refusing to release tax returns, with a photo of Clinton, McCain, Edwards, Romney, Giuliani, and Obama. Not until the 12th paragraph (after the jump, where almost no one will read it) does it mention that Obama has in fact already released his returns.

Headline and photo from ABC News:

No Disclosure: Presidential Candidates Defy Tradition, Refuse to Release Taxes

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Just one little thing: as only the tiny minority of readers who bother to go to page 2 of the story will discover, one of the candidates pictured has already released his returns.

Yet as the 2008 election draws near, the only top-tier candidate who has committed to releasing his 1040 forms is Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who already made public the return he filed this year.

It seems to me that the sentence above belonged somewhere above the 12th graf, and that Obama’s face didn’t belong in the photo.

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