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After the Times shamelessly violated its own code of ethics by running both an editorial and an op-ed (penned by Bob "Viagra" Dole) with virtually the same "let my Judith Miller go" position, people started to talk.

Arianna Huffington consulted her sources and discovered that the Times' owner, Arthur Sulzberger, is not only a good friend of Miller but that he is known to "run the newsroom."

She quotes from Sidney Blumenthal's article which finally sets the record straight on the confidentiality fundamentalists. Namely, that confidentiality is null and void when that confidentiality is used to manipulate and lie. Period (and that's not a Raphael Palmeiro period, that's one of those old-fashioned period periods).

Finally, she responds to a critic who accuses her of holding a grudge against Miller with a neat little redirect back to the heart of the issue: "Earlier this week on Lou Dobbs, Floyd Abrams, one of the designated cleansers, said of me: 'What she dislikes Judy Miller for is not this [her actions in Plamegate], but earlier reporting she did on weapons of mass destruction.' Sorry, Floyd, nice try -- but the Plame scandal is not a separate issue from Miller’s WMD reporting..." Read the rest. (Huffington Post)

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