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Lynne Duke in the Washington Post has a great long article up on Judy Miller. She did a lot research and then interviewed her at a fancy Soho Restuarant:
So here we are last week in a SoHo brasserie called Balthazar, where a parade of Judys appears. Outraged Judy. Saddened Judy. Charming Judy. Wise Judy. Conspiratorial Judy. Judy, the star New York Times reporter turned beleaguered victim of the gossipmongers
Judy in her own words:
"I am so powerful and influential that I take over Army divisions? I run the New York Times newsroom single-handedly? And now I take the country to war? Wow! That must be one heck of a reporter. I've heard of pushy broads, but this brings the pushy broad to a new level."

It contains some of Judy's greatest hits including doing Lee Atwater's bidding:
Then the political editor based in New York, Clymer was awakened just after midnight one morning by a call from Miller, he says. She was demanding that a story about Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis be pulled from the paper. The story was too soft, she complained -- and said Lee Atwater, the political strategist for Vice President George H.W. Bush, believed it was soft as well. Clymer said he was stunned to realize that Atwater apparently had either seen the story or been told about it before publication. He and Miller argued, he recalls, and he ultimately hung up on her, twice.
It adresses the delicate question of how do you call someone a bitch in major newspaper:
Her former colleagues use all manner of adjectives to describe Miller, but there is consensus among some two dozen people interviewed that she is, indeed, a volatile person. Volcanic might be the better word. She erupts. She is known to holler at newsroom clerks, to berate hotel staff while on the road, several colleagues said. Even in her social life, she is known as a charming hostess at dinner parties with her husband, publishing icon Jason Epstein, a founder of the New York Review of Books -- except when there's an eruption and they start sniping at each other.
It's a very enjoybable article, make sure you read all the way through so you can hear Judy deny she's a neocon.

Originally posted to KevinNYC on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 02:01 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Fired Judy... (4.00)
    My absolute favorite.

    All politics is local. ~Tip O'Neill

    by Caldonia on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 02:10:15 AM PST

  •  Prison Judy. (3.83)

    Uh oh, Toto, I think we're back in Kansas again.

    by John West on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 02:17:15 AM PST

  •  Out of work Judy. (4.00)
    Ignored, despised, and forgotten Judy.
    Unwept, unhonored, and unsung Judy.

    Judy, Judy, Judy.

  •  Me too! (4.00)

    Unemployed Judy is my favorite!
  •  Fired Judy (4.00)
    and despite the fact someone else posted it first, I had to say it.

    -- BTW, the Atwater bit is phenomenal. Thanks. --

    In troubling times, it's good to read true stories about real people doing good things. HeroicStories, free

    by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 03:17:13 AM PST

  •  Plucky Judy! (none)
    Her determination to keep coming back again and again despite the knockdowns.
    .
    Okay, so there have been no actual KNOCKDOWNS, more like someone not instantly doing what she demanded ... schnell, stat ... and her feeling victimized by this.
    .
    Yet on she toils, bravely some* would say ...
    .
    *anonymous source

    Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. - Denis Diderot

    by Peanut on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 03:30:20 AM PST

    •  with Saddam, it was personal... (4.00)
      ..because he once locked her up! We find this out at the end of the article:

      But in her reporting, there was something else on which Miller relied as much, if not more: her personal belief in the danger that Saddam Hussein posed to the world.

      It was personal, for she had been detained for a day by Hussein's security forces back in the 1980s, she says. And it was personal because, as she writes in her 1996 book on Islam, "God Has Ninety-Nine Names," an Iraqi source once told her "that I was on a very short list of writers who are considered the regime's 'eternal enemies.' "

      No, she says, she wasn't just being fed information by sources.

      "I had my own independent knowledge of Saddam Hussein. I was on record in 'Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf,' talking about this horrible regime and its use of chemical weapons against its own people. . . . I feared there was nothing he wouldn't do if he had access to such weapons. I was genuinely fearful of what he might do to American forces, to American installations in the Middle East and, if there was an al Qaeda link -- and I didn't know that and I never wrote that -- what he might do in the United States. My own reporting on Iraq made me fearful of Saddam Hussein."

      And so fighting him, fighting his terror, became a passion...

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

      by QuickSilver on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 05:02:00 AM PST

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      •  ...this sounds like.. (none)
        ..another tall tale and an excuse.  I'm sure there's something to it, but its another attempt to build up the myth of her own importance and victimhood.  I'm sure she used this to build credentials with the administration so she could get even closer to them, and the power she so loves.  
      •  A brief ass-covering moment in the tear-fest (none)
        I was genuinely fearful of what he might do to American forces, to American installations in the Middle East and, if there was an al Qaeda link -- and I didn't know that and I never wrote that -- what he might do in the United States.

        Gawd, she's good.
        .

        Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. - Denis Diderot

        by Peanut on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 05:12:27 AM PST

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      •  admissiojn (none)
        that she lacked objectivity of any fashion and therefore was vulnerable to fabrication - which she willingly went along with.  Obviously, she is spinning her fuckups.
      •  Garbage In, Garbage Out (none)
        "My own reporting on Iraq made me fearful of Saddam Hussein."

        That sounds like a paranoiac rationalizing her paranoia.  Most hear voices in their heads, Joodles reads her own ill-informed stories and gets scared.  

        She really ought to shut up, the more she babbles like this, the more she unintentionally exposes herself.

        "L'enfer, c'est les autres." - Jean Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

        "L'enfer, c'est le GOP!" - JJB, from an idea by oratorio

        by JJB on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 05:56:04 AM PST

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  •  To bad your poll doesn't have (none)
    "None of the Above" as a choice..

    Stop mad cowboy disease!

    by wrights on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 03:34:12 AM PST

  •  None of the above... (4.00)
    but I do like Balthazar.  Yum.  Nothing better than a ticking up your credit card balance at that place.  

    What amazes me is the way JM uses the same, tired technique endlessly trotted out by Sccott McLellan and all the other Bush back benchers:  she over simplifies and then amplifies the charges against her, then argues at the straw-man she created.  It's a defense lawyer trick.  

    Take a second look at this quote from the diary:

    "I am so powerful and influential that I take over Army divisions? I run the New York Times newsroom single-handedly? And now I take the country to war? Wow! That must be one heck of a reporter. I've heard of pushy broads, but this brings the pushy broad to a new level."

    See how she's doing it, there?  It's not about telling the truth.  She is running a communications strategy.  Disgusting.

    So...my favorite Judith Miller would have to be either just-picked-up-by-the-cops-and-put-back-in-jail-where-she-belongs Judy or stay-the-hell-out-of-New-York-you-lying-sap Judy.  It's a tough choice...

  •  Wets herself Judy is my choice (none)

    Even in his heart the devil has to know the water level

    by bebacker on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 03:52:50 AM PST

  •  Punch and Judy (4.00)
    Not that I'm advocating violence. I'm a peaceful person.

    - "You're Hells Angels, then? What chapter are you from?"
    - REVELATIONS, CHAPTER SIX.

    by Hoya90 on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 04:05:56 AM PST

  •  Hot Danish and a Caff w Sweet'n'Lo this is good -- (4.00)
    I wish Mom's favorite, go once a week, old-school beauty salon she went to when I was a kid still existed.
    .
    Dish like this was meant to be savored under the bell dryer as the head cooked @ 325-F and the beautician took it out 45-60 min later like a baked ham.
    .
    Miller attributes her explosiveness to her heritage -- a brew of Russian Jewish (her father's side) and Irish Catholic (her mother's). ...  both were entertainers who wanted something different for their children.
    .
    The two married, and Judy Miller's childhood took her from Englewood, N.J., to Miami Beach to Vegas to Hollywood, where she studied drama at Hollywood High. (11/10/05 WaPo / Duke)

    Hello, Lifetime? This is an emergency -- I have a distressed quasi-sorta-famous woman here badly hemorrhaging bio and she needs a TV-movie deal NOW!!!

    Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. - Denis Diderot

    by Peanut on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 04:09:14 AM PST

  •  You omitted one choice from your list (4.00)
    Prostitute Judy.

    That's what she is.  She sold her journalistic honor to get access.  

    She's a whore.

    "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

    by dataguy on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 04:22:09 AM PST

  •  fundraising idea (none)
    make dolls of each of these Judy Millers and sell them.  Take your pick of who gets the money, as long as they're progressive.
  •  Judy, Judy, Judy (4.00)
    I was shaking my head all through the article--which I thank you for linking up, by the way. Very good.

    She seems a lot like someone I know who has been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.

  •  Great way to start the morning (none)
    Thank you. Good poll too although I was guessing screaming at cocktail judy would win going away. What apiece o work..bye judy byeeeeeeee

    We need a good left hook. We need Howard Dean.

    by philinmaine on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 05:33:09 AM PST

  •  Unknown Judy (none)
    I'm hoping that version comes out soon.

    "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

    by thingamabob on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 05:43:32 AM PST

  •  Delusional Judy (4.00)
    Have you read her responses to Byron Calame, the NYT Public Editor, and Maureen Dowd (author of the immortal "Woman of Mass Destruction") on her website? In her two responses, she contradicts herself (surprise) on the issue of whether she misled her DC editor about her involvement in the events under review in the CIA leak investigation.  First, her response to Dowd on this point:

    First, I never intended to, nor did I mislead Phil Taubman, as I told both Barney Calame, the public editor, whom I asked to post my responses on his website, and Bill Keller, as Kit Seelye reported in her story today. To recap our Sunday story, Phil asked a group of reporters in the fall of 2003 whether we thought any of us had been targeted by the Administration as part of a deliberate campaign to put out information about Wilson's wife. I was unaware that any such campaign existed, and if it did, that I did not think that I had been a target of it.

    So Phil asks Judy and others whether she could have been the target of a deliberate campaign to put out information about Valerie Wilson, and she doesn't think so -- because Scooter would never do that do her?  It never occurred to her that Scooter would be so mean, or deceptive, or reckless with classified information?

    Uh, not exactly. According to her, it DID occur to her, when she supposedly pitched the story to Jill Abramson (which Abramson denies).  This, from her response to Calame:

    You chose to believe Jill Abramson when she asserted that I had never asked her to pursue the tip I had gotten about Joe Wilson's trip to Niger and his wife's employment at the C.I.A. Now I ask you: Why would I -- the supposedly pushiest, most competitive reporter on the planet -- not have pushed to pursue a tantalizing tip like this? Soon after my breakfast meeting with Libby in July, I did so. I remember asking the editor to let me explore whether what my source had said was true, or whether it was a potential smear of a whistleblower. I don't recall naming the source of the tip. But I specifically remember saying that because Joe Wilson's op-ed column had appeared in our paper, we had a particular obligation to pursue this. I never identified the editor to the grand jury or publicly, since it involved internal New York Times decision-making. But since you did, yes, the editor was Jill Abramson.

    ...[Y]ou said you believed her and raised questions about my "trust and credibility." That is your right. But I gave my recollection to the grand jury under oath.

    So she pitched the story in June or July to Jill Abramson as "is Scooter leaking Valerie Wilson's identity to me to punish her whistleblower husband,"  but then a few months later it didn't even cross her mind that she could have been the target of a campaign to leak the wife's identity to punish the husband.  

    Oh, yeah, right, I forgot.  Ms. Miller does not practice "reality based" journalism.

    You should really check out her website. It is going to be a source of endless amusement for Kossacks, I guarantee it.

    "Mommy, did people know that Bush was stupid when they voted for him?"

    by litigatormom on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 05:58:46 AM PST

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