Monday, January 9, 2012

Charlie Rose and Criminal Justice: The Dog That Did Not Bark

Charlie Rose's talk show on PBS is a quite remarkable, if highly selective, record of our times. Visiting foreign ministers, actors touting a current movie, and an array of authors make the visit to Rose's studio in New York.

One subject Rose scarcely touches, however, is criminal justice. In the decade that I've been watching the show off and on, I've never seen one devoted to any aspect of the justice system.

This very absence says something about the lack of public dialog of policing, sentencing, and corrections in our public culture. It reminds me of the Sherlock Holmes story where Holmes drew telling inferences from a dog that did not bark.

The dearth of discussion about justice policy on Charlie Rose is like Holmes's dog that did not bark. What is the silence saying?

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