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  •  the article was striking (4.00)
    I was previously a defender of Miller in these parts, but the New York Times' own article has made me change my mind.

    I'm still a strong defender of journalistic shield laws and think that the government has to overcome extraordinarily high burden of legal proof before they can compell a journalist to testify.

    In this case, it sounds to me like Ms. Miller really let the power and prestige of her position get to her head. She wasn't self-reflexive about the information that Scooter Libby and other White House sources were giving her, and it sounds like she did a damn good job of strategically avoiding Libby after the Plame investigation started.

    To me, the final straw about Miller was this:

    On Sept. 29, Ms. Miller was released from jail and whisked by Mr. Sulzberger and Mr. Keller to the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown for a massage, a manicure, a martini and a steak dinner.

    La-dee-freaking-dah. She's a reporter, not a movie star, for god's sake.

    •  Re the Ritz, massage, etc. (4.00)
      Isn't she married?  Does she not have close friends?  Her boss-lapdogs and her masseusse were the first people she needed to spend time with?
      •  Maybe Judith Miller (none)
        has some dirt on some higher-ups at the NY Times.  This show of friendliness may have been so that she would not testify against them.  Bosses in other circumstances are this nice to employees when they are profitable for them.  Question: Will Judith Miller really be a profitable employee for the Times when all is said and done?

        -Or- perhaps the bosses want to "look good" when she depicts the story in her book for which she'll be paid $1.2 million.  

        What do you think?

        -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

        by sunbro on Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:37:39 AM PDT

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      •  Who, this guy? (none)
        Apparently he had better things to do while Judy went to the slammer.

          Famed editor Jason Epstein, husband of jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller, has lately been making himself scarce at the federal facility in Virginia where his wife has been incarcerated for the past three weeks....In a frothy social column yesterday about a celeb-glutted Mediterranean cruise, featuring everyone from Isabella Rossellini to J.K. Rowling aboard the ocean liner Silver Shadow, the New York Sun's A.L. Gordon revealed:

            "One passenger with his mind soberly on home is the literary icon Jason Epstein. ... Ms. Miller would have been on the cruise had she not gone to jail."

            His wife's in the slammer and he cruises the Med? (via Huffington Post>

        •  and that's not all (4.00)
          In an (unsuccessful) effort to convince Judge Hogan to order home confinement, Miller's lawyers filed confidential medical reports on both Miller and on her 76-year-old husband Jason Epstein. Miller's lawyers apparently argued that Epstein's medical condition (undisclosed to the general public) suggested she should be confined with him at home. The judge rejected the argument. Three weeks later, Epstein was on the cruise with Isabella Rosellini and J.K. Rowling... Miller was reported to be angry NOT that Epstein was cruising the Mediterranean, but that the fact was discovered and reported.

          I'm quite sure Fitz has not forgotten this -- and she could still be charged for this particular deception. Miller is not merely a brazen liar, but a careless one, and her attorneys (Abrams at the time she went to prison) have clearly either done a poor job educating her about the legal risks of perjury and obstruction of justice, or more likely, have been unable to convince her that she can't "game" the system and simply tell whatever lie seems expedient at any given time. I predict that Miller will in time be slapped a number of serious criminal charges. She crossed the point of no return a long time ago. I strongly suspect Fitz has more on her even now than she realizes...

          Incidentally, Miller looks to me like a CLASSIC case of a borderline personality with narcissistic and histrionic tendencies. When I finally saw footage of her in the newsroom following her first testimony (and obviously blowing lies there, too), I "got" it. Miller is very scared. She's also very arrogant, very mean, very funny, very vindictive, a lot of things. While the fact of her mental illness does not excuse her actions, it will be hard for me from now on to make light of her.. she's disturbed. Deeply disturbed. And her illness provides a certain insight into how she has behaved to this point, and how she will behave from now on. This will be a fascinating ride.

          "[I]n all due respect to your profession [journalism], you do a very good job of protecting the leakers." -- Bush on Oct 7, 2003

          by QuickSilver on Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 08:56:30 AM PDT

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    •  C'mon... (none)
      The Times has been right at the head of the line in defending this whole fiasco.

      They were rooting for the Iraq incursion just like the rest of the corporate media.

      They never said a goddamned WORD about the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004.

      Some of their reporters have been caught out in flat out journalistic lying in other areas...and believe me, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

      No real coverage of the Downing St. things, of Gannon/Guckert, of Galloway. As little as possible.

      They were the ones who opposed Dean most effectively. They wanted kerry. Why? Because he was not going to rock the Blood For Oil war boat if he won.

      They are the General Motors of newspapers. Living high off of past successes while producing a shitty product.

      Now one of their reporters has crashed and burned. Rolled over like a badly designed SUV. Does General Motors publicly cop to its incompetence and dishonesty? No, of course not. Too expensive. So it publicly backs the design and management team that produced the vehicle until the heat dies down, and then tries ANOTHER tack.

      Just like the Times.

      Business as usual in the Corporate States of America.

      Wake up.


    •  Shield from What? (none)
      What is the penalty of speaking truth?

      The entire thing has gone whacky... The "government" sources can speak because why?  The government needs to be secretative from the people?

      What is the penalty of "breaking a waiver"... ?

      Why are certain "journalists" given access to insiders...

      We don't need waivers and sheild laws.. we need transparency. No one should be prosecuted for speaking the truth.

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