… is bogus. And none of the Obama bloggers took the bait.
… is bogus. I don’t know whether it’s being pushed by actual (stupid) Obama supporters or by Rushbo’s “Operation Chaos” types, but no, Mickey Kantor didn’t use an expletive or a racial slur against Indianans, and the tape has been doctored to make it appear that he did.
And I’m glad to say that as far as I know no pro-Obama blogger picked up on the story (though Byron York of NRO got stung and then recanted) and that at least two of them (Andrew Sullivan and Hillary Bok) took the lead in unmasking the forgery.
Clinton supporters, please copy.
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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