“… the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House … he collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise … ”
From his forthcoming book, per Mike Allen:
If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq.
The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. … In this case, the “liberal media” didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.
I’d love to hear reactions to this from:
1) The reporters who were duped or bullied into reporting Bush spin as information; and
2) The right-wing politicians, pundits, and bloggers who still rely on the myth of the “liberal media.”
But I doubt we will.
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.
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)
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