Judith Miller joins Newsmax – Promises to continue to protect those who go after whistle-blowers

by Ben Hoffman

You remember Judith Miller… She spent three months in jail for protecting the identities of members of the Bush administration who outed CIA agent Valeria Plame. Valerie Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, was the whistle-blower who refuted the Bush administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein was aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons. The Bush administration retaliated by outing Plame’s identity.

The N.Y. Times published Judith Miller’s articles, which amounted to right-wing propaganda designed to promote support for the case to go to war with Saddam Hussein. In one article she wrote, “Mr. Hussein’s dogged insistence on pursuing his nuclear ambitions, along with what defectors described in interviews as Iraq’s push to improve and expand Baghdad’s chemical and biological arsenals, have brought Iraq and the United States to the brink of war.”

Miller left the N.Y. Times in 2005. In all likelihood, she was asked to resign. The Times is a well respected newspaper and to have someone like Miller on the staff degraded their reputation of being non-partisan. Of course, right-wingers claim the Times is an ultra-liberal newspaper because they don’t spin the news to the right, and they often publish articles about wrong-doings by Republicans and businessmen. Right-wingers don’t want that information to be known. They just want right-wing propaganda, which is why Fox “news” is so popular with them.

So now, Miller has found her rightful place at Newsmax where she will be free to disseminate right-wing propaganda. No doubt, she’ll be a right-wing star. After all, she once won a Pulitzer Prize, but it was a team of ten reporters that won the Prize. She just happened to be on the winning team. On her own, she has demonstrated serious lack of integrity. Which makes her a perfect fit for Newsmax and Fox “news.”

9 Comments to “Judith Miller joins Newsmax – Promises to continue to protect those who go after whistle-blowers”

  1. It seems like u twis the real story in order to fit your left ideology.

  2. Yeah, the truth is certainly something Liberals like to hide.
    Or in the Plaime case, invent.

  3. This one is just delicious. Judith Miller, friend of Scooter libby, wrote the NY Times ‘set up’ that let Dick Cheney say on the Sunday shows “even the NY Times this morning says . . .” (I know I’m repeated your post Ben, but when I type Judith Miller, the rest just comes out automatically!)

    Judith Miller – the woman who brought us the Iraq War.

  4. Here’s a couple of interesting tidbits about New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Judge Thomas Hogan, and the rest of the cast in the Valerie Plame case. First, Mark Kleiman points us toward this paragraph from the Washington Post’s account of today’s hearings:

    “This is not a case of a whistle-blower” revealing secret information to Miller about “dangers at a nuclear power plant,” Hogan said. “It’s a case in which the information she was given and her potential use of it was a crime….This is very different than a whistle-blower outing government misconduct.”

    In other words, Hogan thinks the outing of Valerie Plame was a crime. Conservative apologists for Robert Novak should take note.

    (This doesn’t surprise me, either. I’m not happy with Fitzgerald’s overly promiscuous habit of subpoenaing reporters, but he’s got a reputation as a straight shooter and I don’t think he’d waste two years of his life if he hadn’t concluded that a crime was committed. He would have wrapped this up long ago if he didn’t think he could make a case.)

    Second, Josh Marshall reminds us that this isn’t the first time Fitzgerald has tangled with Judith Miller:

    A little more than a year ago, I reported [that] Fitzgerald had been investigating three Islamic charities accused of supporting terrorism….But just before his investigators could swoop in with warrants, two of the charities in question got wind of what was coming and, apparently, were able to destroy a good deal of evidence.

    What tipped them off were calls from two reporters at the New York Times who’d been leaked information about the investigation by folks at the White House. One of those two reporters was Judy Miller.

    Josh has some speculation on what this could mean. “Weird coincidence” is one of the possibilities, but it’s not the one at the top of his list.


  5. Just like the new movie about valerie plame. the fact is modified to fit liberal thinking. what a jerk.

    • samuel – care to explain how any of the facts about Judith Miller were ‘modified’. The damn NY Times had to frackin’ apologize.

      • samuel – care to explain how any of the facts…[…]

        And there is your problem right there, expecting others to use even a modicum of fact or cogent reasoning when it comes to their particular political team.

        Silly Moe. :/

      • Well that doensn’t make sense. Apparently the details just in this post/thread re the vile Ms. Miller don’t count as fact or cogent reasoning? Zounds. Guess you have no actual reply

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