Why is there never an editor around when you really need one?

Mark Leibovich and Jeff Zeleny channel Maureen Dowd.

More Dowdification of politics from the New York Times, which once had journalistic standards. Now Dowd’s Disease spread from the op-ed page to the pages formerly devoted to news. Mark Leibovich and Jeff Zeleny report on the Unity event:

Mr. Obama’s too-long blue tie went nicely with Mrs. Clinton’s blue pantsuit.


Since Messrs. Leibovich and Zeleny seem to have more interest in fashion than in politics, how about transferring them to the fashion desk? But perhaps the fashion desk requires its reporters to actually know something about the subject matter of their stories, rather than allowing them to just dream up nasty wisecracks in place of solid information.

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