If CNN is a professional newsgathering organization, how come Lou Dobbs still has a job?

If the advantage of professional newsgathering organizations over the blogosphere and other forms of on-line informational disintermediation is that the professional outfits have valuable reputations to protect and therefore both the incentives and the resources to filter out complete and utter horsepuckey, how come Lou Dobbs still has a job? To err is human; to insist on error is grossly unprofessional. (Scroll down to the update; recall that Dobbs claimed that, due to illegal immigration, there have been 7000 cases of leprosy in the U.S.over the past three years; the actual number for 2002-2004, per the Centers for Disease Control, was 296.)

Yet somehow I doubt that Dobbs will share the fate of Dan Rather.

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