As noted in the Columbia Journalism Review
. Yesterday the New York Times had a health piece
about how so-called "crack babies"--a phenomenon that was deemed a massive health crisis in the 1980s and used as a sympathetic pretext for flushing millions of dollars down the drug war toilet--are, well, not doing all that bad.
Contrast that with this story
, which appeared the same day in the Washington Post, about high lead levels in D.C. children. When high levels of lead were found in the city's drinking water in the early part of this decade, city health officials underplayed it, saying that "they found no measurable impact on the general public's health."
Yeah, there's no reason to invest in local and state infrastructure (except for prisons, of course).