PULP FICTION: JUDY MILLER When People Ask Why Judith Miller Is in Jail in Regard to the Rove Plame Novak Cooper Fiasco
when she didn’t write about Plame, some say Miller is a martyr to the
First Amendment. Some say, no, she doesn’t want to take the Fifth. Some
say somebody in government should go to jail for the Plame affair
because of what it reveals about the Bush Administration’s obsession
with Iraq and WMD. Somebody who works for the Bush administration is
already in jail for Plame, Iraq and WMD: Judy Miller.
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAY SIGN HER PAYCHECKS,
But Judith Miller “Journalist” has worked for the White House for quite
some time. Most people just didn’t know it. Most people still don’t
want to know it. The real DOUBLE SECRET story of Plame Rove
Etc TM is “journalists” get paid with the white they crave, access to
government officials for “stories” on “background” that bring to the
foreground whatever truths, lies, or spins the “off the record” source
wants to get out there. The “reporter” who so wants to be a player
ends up played. We end up screwed, unaware until too late that this is
what happens when newsbreakers are embedded with newsmakers more deeply
than we know.
IT’S NOT JUST JUDY MILLER AT THE NEW YORK TIMES,
the former paper of record with a new record for mistruths, spun candy
stories and out right lies all not fit to print. Try not to eat before
reading ELISABETH BUMILLER.
AND IT IS NOT JUST THE NEW YORK TIMES. The mainstream is full of so many poisonous little toads. Look how they jump for RECOGNITION at every opportunity, the kiss that would make a toad a prince. THE REAL STORY OF JUDY MILLER
is told between the words, between the sheets she embedded herself in
Her story is not the narrative of journalist for truth, but more film
noir tragedy of those who fool themselves who fool us.
RECOMMENDED READING [JAMES MOORE/HUFFINGTON POST]Okay. I couldn't stand it any longer. When I saw the quote today from a New York Times spokesperson about Judy Miller, I blew coffee through my nose. "Judy is an intrepid, principled, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has provided our readers with thorough and comprehensive reporting throughout her career." I am submitting the lengthy piece below to prove precisely otherwise.[HAT TIP: BLUE COLLAR POLITICS]
The Judy Miller problem is complicated. That is, the very qualities
that endeared Miller to her editors at the New York Times—her ambition,
her aggressiveness, her cultivation of sources by any means necessary,
her hunger to be first—were the same ones that allowed her to get the
WMD story so wrong. Miller is a star, a diva. She wrote big stories,
won big prizes. Long before her WMD articles ran, Miller had become a
newsroom legend—and for reasons that had little to do with the stories
that appeared beneath her byline. . .. . .
According to a friend
of Raines’s, as well as one of Miller’s colleagues at the paper, the
editor pulled her aside after the attacks. “Go win a Pulitzer,” he told
her. For the next two years, she supplied the paper with a string of grim exclusives. . . .
Of course, each of the stories contained important caveats. But together
they painted a horrifying picture. There was just one problem with
them: The vast majority of these blockbusters turned out to be wrong.
[MICHAEL MASSING/NY REVIEW OF BOOKS] In the period before the war, US journalists were far too reliant on sources sympathetic
to the administration. Those with dissenting views—and there were more
than a few—were shut out. Reflecting this, the coverage was highly
deferential to the White House. This was especially apparent on the
issue of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction—the heart of the
President's case for war. Despite abundant evidence of the
administration's brazen misuse of intelligence in this matter, the
press repeatedly let officials get away with it.
"The fact that
the United States so far hasn't found WMD in Iraq is deeply
disturbing," she tells Massing. "It raises real questions about how
good our intelligence was. To beat up on the messenger is to miss the
point."[HAT TIP: SLATE]