Monday :: Oct 17, 2005

Treasongate: Miss Run Amok - Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s and Tom Friedman's Idea of a Great Journalist


by eriposte

Among Judith Miller's various claims is her astonishing lack of memory on most issues of importance in this investigation. Combine this with her lack of transparency, her recourse to misleading or false statements, her disregard for fellow journalists' time, and her willingness to be a propaganda organ for a criminal administration (setting aside her willingness to reveal the identity of confidential sources when she is not living it up at the Ritz-Carlton), it makes it very difficult to believe her claims in general.

Here's a quick review of the recently emerged troublesome aspects of Judith Miller, based on the NYT article, Miller's article and a few articles and blog posts that have appeared on this topic. [Note: As for Tom Friedman, who wouldn't know the difference between a journalist and a skunk, see here.]

THINGS SHE HAS MISLED/LIED ABOUT (or was willing to mislead/lie about)

  1. That she was one of six journalists who were first fed Valerie Plame's identity in 2003 by Rove and Libby.
  2. Why she does not remember the source for the name "Valerie Flame"
  3. Libby's claim in his letter regarding their conversation
  4. Libby's real identity as a source (i.e., the "former Hill staffer" outrage)
  5. The real reason behind her late discovery of "notes" leading to her grand jury appearance
  6. Why she really went to jail and why she decided to testify
  7. When she first heard or realized that Valerie Plame worked at WINPAC
  8. Why she may have written down "Victoria Wilson"
  9. The accuracy of her articles on Iraq's WMDs

THINGS SHE CAN'T RECALL

  1. Whether Libby explained why he wanted to be called a "former Hill staffer"
  2. Whether Libby said Valerie Plame suggested that Joseph Wilson be sent to Niger
  3. Who gave her the name "Valerie Flame"
  4. When she first heard the name "Valerie Flame"
  5. The other sources she spoke to about the Wilson-Plame connection and when she spoke to them
  6. Why she wrote down the words "Victoria Wilson" in her notebook
  7. Whether Libby used the last name Wilson rather than Plame for Joseph Wilson's wife

THINGS SHE IS NOT COMPLETELY CERTAIN ABOUT, BUT BELIEVES TO BE THE CASE

  1. That she did not know that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA prior to her first conversation with Libby (June 23, 2003)
  2. That she did not know that Valerie Plame worked in WINPAC prior to her second conversation with Libby (July 8, 2003)
  3. That she spoke to "other" [unnamed] sources about Valerie Wilson prior to her third conversation with Libby (July 12, 2003)
  4. That she discussed classified information with Libby

THINGS SHE REFUSES TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ON (or ACCESS TO)

  1. Her interactions with editors
  2. More details on her written claims about her grand jury testimony
  3. Access to her notes
  4. The name of the editor to whom she allegedly made a recommendation on writing a story about Valerie Plame
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