Will the press take it lying down?

Bush pretends a political speech is a major policy address. Does the press mind getting hornswoggled?

Bush announces a “major policy address,” delivers a somewhat nastier version of his stump speech, with no new policy content (and damned little content, period). The cable nets cover it as news, giving him a free hour of political infomercial.

Will anyone call him on it? (Other than Fred Kaplan, that is.) Will he get away with it next time?

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