A scandal wrapped in an enigma

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Bill Lynch, a retired CBS News correspondent, sent a letter to Poynter, a forum for journalists, explaining that Judy Miller's confessional in this weekend's Times points to another, journalistic scandal, writing: "And that is Ms. Miller's revelation that she was granted a DoD security clearance while embedded with the WMD search team in Iraq in 2003."

He goes on:


"This is as close as one can get to government licensing of journalists and the New York Times (if it knew) should never have allowed her to become so compromised. It is all the more puzzling that a reporter who as a matter of principle would sacrifice 85 days of her freedom to protect a source would so willingly agree to be officially muzzled and thereby deny potentially valuable information to the readers whose right to be informed she claims to value so highly."
"It strikes me that Ms. Miller's situation is the flip side of the NYT's Jayson Blair coin."
(Poynter Online)

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