Miller's a Quitter

4:00 PM -- Dare we hope this is the last we'll have to hear about Judy Miller for a while?

The crack reporter first crossed this Panda's radar with her prewar "scoops" on Iraqi WMD, which turned out to be... um, let's say less than adequately sourced.

More recently, Miller spent three months in jail to protect Scooter Libby, and we had to endure loads of platitudes about what a noble free-speech "martyr" she was... and then, of course, she spilled the beans.

Now Judy has "chosen to resign" from The New York Times because she has "become the news." And Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. had this to say: "We are grateful to Judy for her significant personal sacrifice to defend an important journalistic principle."

Uh huh. That would be the principle that reporters shouldn't have to testify in felony investigations if their testimony will reflect poorly on their buddies in the government? How noble.

Hey, Art: An actual hero of press freedoms winds up in jail for pissing off powerful people, not getting cozy with them.

— Red Panda, Aspen Turner, Light Reading

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 2:54:31 AM
re: Miller's a Quitter What I don't get about the Scooter Libby thing is that Judith Miller never actually wrote a story on the topic.

So, she gets the $1M book deal and all the publicity -- and probably her name in the history books -- when in fact she never even published the story?

fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 2:54:11 AM
re: Miller's a Quitter Scott, Judy was herself part of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), the cabal that set out to manufacture excuses for a war. Perhaps she had a Hearst Complex, remembering how he had led the push for the Spanish-American War, though it wasn't the Times' style. Perhaps she just felt sooooo important, hanging out there making news (in two senses -- being part of it, and fabricating it) on behalf of Big Powerful People. So while she didn't run the story, she knew about the leaks from the get-go, may have helped the White House spread them, kept the truth a secret from her editors, and went to the mat to suppress the facts until after her real bosses (Rove, Libby, and their puppets) got re-elected.
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