Saturday, October 22, 2005

Truth, Justice, And The American Way ...

Let me weigh in, for a moment, on the Judith Miller/New York Times debacle:

When she went to jail for refusing to reveal the identity of her source in the Valerie Plame affair, I stood behind her decision. Yes, she was protecting a criminal, but the pledge of confidentiality doesn't mean the paper it's written on or the breath it takes to make the promise if the reporter later reneges on that agreement to save their own butt from the slammer.

But everything that's come to light since she was released from jail and testified to the grand jury is another story. I still stand behind her refusal to reveal her source - in principle. All journalists should protect their sources.

The fact that she was basically in bed with the White House, that she agreed to purposely mislead readers by indentifying Libby as a "former Hill staffer" instead of a "senior administration official" changes everything.

The New York Times is in full damage-control mode, and it should be. This is exponentially worse than the Jayson Blair scandal. It's one thing for a writer to fabricate stories and datelines, falsely representing that he saw things he didn't see. It's another thing entirely for a reporter to become a mouthpiece for propoganda from the highest levels of government.

Jayson Blair didn't write stories to sell the American people on an unnecessary war.

Judith Miller has a big, fat book deal - which should be rescinded - and a lot of blood on her hands.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, defending the left until the end. You should get a pink velvet coat instead of a red one.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Yup, I'm a Leftie, almost all the way, because, gosh, the Right is just the poster child for honor and decorum these days, isn't it? Let's see, a Supreme Court nominee who's in Bush's pocket, who even *conservatives* don't want to have to consider, DeLay's been indicted, Frist is next, Libby, Rove, and Cheney are teetering on the brink of Plamegate, record deficits, thousands dead in a needless war, gas prices that are stalling the economy, the prospect of not being able to afford to heat our homes this winter, many Southern cities in ruins, am I leaving anything out? I'm sure I am. But we all get the idea. Yep, thank God for Republicans. Oh, and last time I checked the news, Osama was still running around out there in a desert. Four years later. We're the most powerful nation on the planet, and we can't find a guy living in a cave?

1:28 PM  

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