The New York Times covers Valerie Plame

Finally.

The most striking thing about the NY Times Valerie Plame story isn’t the content, is that it’s running (Page 1, column 8, the traditional position for the lead story) and that it isn’t about Judith Miller.

It’s fairly hard-hitting (though it still assumes that only the Intelligence Identities Protection Act is in play, quoting one of the tame “experts” who supported the corporate effort to protect the cover-up). As a bonus, it comes with a long text box full of inoperative statements.

But mostly it’s there. Having downplayed the story for two years (seemingly to protect Judith Miller) perhaps now the Times will start acting like a newspaper again.

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