29 October 2005

Cataloging the wretched reporting of Judith Miller

The Times Scoops That Melted - Cataloging the wretched reporting of Judith Miller. By Jack Shafer:

An examination of her deceptiveness in her pre-war stenography.

"Cataloging the wretched reporting of Judith Miller."

28 October 2005

Maher: “Judith Miller Genuine Draft: It's brewed at the White House and cold-filtered through the New York Times. ”

Bill Maher :: The Official Website

This excerpt from the Bill Maher show explains best her cunticity:

From the 10/28 show

MAHER: Yeah, and it's rubbed off. What about the New York Times? Now, they're in a bit of trouble because of this scandal. We talked about them here on the show last week. Do you think that's damaging to this very esteemed paper, that they were involved in basically misleading a lot of people?

THOMAS: All the newspapers were, in that sense.

MAHER: Yeah, but all the newspapers aren't the “paper of record.” All the newspapers aren't trusted by, especially, the liberals in this country. And as I was saying last week, when the liberals read something in the New York Times that's supportive of a conservative administration, we tend to go, well, then it must be true.

From the 10/21 show:

MAHER: [overlapping]—I don't think she should have gone to jail at all. I think she went to jail as a smokescreen, because everybody, she thought, would say, “Well, she went to jail; she's a martyr; we'll ignore this other stuff.” But, you know what? I think you're right, Spike. [applause] The – in a backhanded way, it's a compliment to the New York Times. Because if—

CARLSON: But don't you think you should get some perspective, like, on life? It's a newspaper. It's a daily, metropolitan newspaper. It's not the Congress. It's not – right? I mean, it's not the Pentagon. It doesn't have the power, really, to do anything.

LEE: So New York Times has no weight in the world today?

CARLSON: No, it has a lot of weight, but it only has the weight you give it.

LEE: Whoa, whoa.

MAHER: [overlapping] The New York – but the whole country gives it that weight.

27 October 2005

Two SPJ Chapters Criticize Group's Award to Miller

Two SPJ Chapters Criticize Group's Award to Miller:

"We deplore the careless and deceptive use of confidential sources, as exemplified in Judith Miller's reporting. We urge journalists to hold each other accountable before the government claims even more sweeping rights to interfere in the editorial process, eroding still further this country's noble ideal of a free press."

22 October 2005

judith miller is a cunt

t r u t h o u t - Maureen Dowd | Woman of Mass Destruction

"Judy's stories about WMD fit too perfectly with the White House's case for war. She was close to Ahmad Chalabi, the con man who was conning the neocons to knock out Saddam so he could get his hands on Iraq, and I worried that she was playing a leading role in the dangerous echo chamber that former Senator Bob Graham dubbed "incestuous amplification." Using Iraqi defectors and exiles, Mr. Chalabi planted bogus stories with Judy and other credulous journalists.

Even last April, when I wrote a column critical of Mr. Chalabi, she fired off e-mail to me defending him.

When Bill Keller became executive editor in the summer of 2003, he barred Judy from covering Iraq and W.M.D issues. But he admitted in The Times' Sunday story about Judy's role in the Plame leak case that she had kept "drifting" back. Why did nobody stop this drift?

Judy admitted in the story that she "got it totally wrong" about WMD "If your sources are wrong," she said, "you are wrong." But investigative reporting is not stenography."