Wish-I’d-said-that Dep’t

Steve Benen:

Mitt Romney is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

Steve Benen, for the win:

Mitt Romney is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

This is where the lack of a liberal Fox News-equivalent hurts. Benen’s wisecrack deserves to become it cliche, but it almost certainly won’t.

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

8 thoughts on “Wish-I’d-said-that Dep’t”

  1. It’s pretty sad to see a Professor who is easily one of the top 5 criminologists in the country descend to despairing over the lack of a glib, manipulative, grossly amoral, deceptive, partisan hack-shop like FoxNews on his side of the aisle.

    Wouldn’t it be better if someone who had as much money and savvy as Rupert Murdoch would say, Where will we get more first-rate criminologists?”

  2. “Wouldn’t it be better if someone who had as much money and savvy as Rupert Murdoch would say, Where will we get more first-rate criminologists?”

    I think Mark is restricting his wish list to the range of genuinely possible worlds.

  3. Redwave says, “What do you call MSNBC?”
    MSNBC kicks off the day with “Morning Joe” and dumped Olbermann obviously for being too outspokenly left. And just try to imagine MSNBC running a 24/7 campaign to rally the troops to get out for demonstrations as opposed to reporting on those demonstrations when they happen.
    Did you see Michael Steele on Rachel Maddow last night talking about, of all things, Mitt Romney? Mr Steele certainly got to state his advocacy for the GOP with graceful comradery from Ms Maddow.

  4. And let us not forget that MSNBC fired Phil Donahue because of his opposition to the Iraq War, despite the fact that his ratings at the time were the network’s highest.

    This is a nifty demonstration of false equivalence. Fox is the House organ of Republican nutballs – think birth certificates, Shirley Sherrod and ACORN – while MSNBC allows a few liberals to get airtime making modest claims in support of their views. It ain’t the same thing.

    I think Fallibilist’s complaint is based on an uncharitable reading of Prof. Kleiman’s post. My guess is that Kleiman would like sharp-tongued liberal commentators to get airtime on a network devoted to fact-based discussions with liberal themes. If they started promoting crazy conspiracy theories, I don’t think he’d approve.

    Me, I wouldn’t have any big problem with a real Fox News of the Left, but other liberals are hung up on the whole “Reality-Based” thing.

  5. This is the marked/unmarked thing again. The Conventional Wisdom has (in contrast to reality, which reportedly has a liberal bias) been tilted so far to the right that even a few liberals on TV show up with big red blinking targets on them.

    Imagine for the moment what it would be like if a thousand radio stations around the country and three or four tv channels were broadcasting predominantly people who thought Bernie Sanders was a mealy-mouthed sellout.

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