This is just embarrassing

Could we hurry up on that special editor?

Talk about the elephant in the living room!

David Stout, who is a terrific reporter, writes 14 grafs about Karl Rove’s testimony today and the background of the Plame investigation and, unlike the Washington Post story about Rove’s testimony today, never mentions Judith Miller.

The Times needs to get out of its own way somehow. I proposed one idea: an editorial recusal and the appointment of a special reporter. Helpful readers point out that my idea was not original: the LA Times did something like that on a one-shot basis in covering the scandal of the Staples Center special section, and the Seattle Times has hired a free-lancer to cover its corporate parent’s business dispute over a joint operating agreement with the Post-Intelligencer. Bob Steele’s column describing the Seattle Times arrangement also mentions a Fox affiliate which hired a free-lancer to cover a whistleblower suit filed against it.

Why can’t the New York Times profit form those examples? The Times is too important an institution to shred its own credibility this way.

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: