News from the Clark campaign gets some decent ink

Wesley Clark, after a month of unceasing mass-media battering, seems to finally be getting some decent ink. Why? Hard to say. Reporters need stories, and there’s only a story about the Dempcratic primaries if someone emerges to give Howard Dean a fight.

There’s no point re-litigating the question of whether Clark flip-flopped on the war; that’s the reporters’ story, and they’re sticking to it, despite the facts. But the basic tone of the coverage has definitely changed, at least for now. Like Bush four years ago, Clark is starting to get good coverage in local media.

Here are stories from the LA Times, the Boston Globe, the Nashua Telegraph, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Biloxi Sun-Herald.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/4278664.html

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1071833432266650.xml

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/state/7535885.htm

The General’s testimony in the Milosevic case didn’t get much ink, both because it wasn’t carried live and because it had to compete with the Saddam Hussein capture, but what it got was good.

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