Miller's Times

Condemnations of the New York Times are about as difficult find as coverage of Brittney's baby in the checkout line.

But when Jay Rosen declares that the Paper of Record ain't the Paper of Record no more, you perk up. In a rather long post Rosen gives past gaffes a nod (Jayson Blair, Wen Ho Lee, Paul Krugman's correction trauma) but devotes his pen to the fact that it's now Judy Miller's New York Times.

Not only does Miller (and by extension the Times editors) believe there was nothing wrong with her WMD coverage but she and the Times are maintaining a sort of Scott McClellan-like half-story stonewall when it comes to Miller's jail term and subsequent "release" from Scooter Libby.

Rosen writes:

"Notice that in her first few days out of jail Miller could not manage to: 1.) compose a statement for the Times that reveals anything, 2.) answer a single question from reporters that reveals anything, 3.) say a thing about her grand jury testimony that reveals anything, although it is legal to do so and Matt Cooper of Time magazine did, or 4.) admit that Lewis Libby was her source, even though letters from her lawyer to his lawyer were posted for all to see by the New York Times! (She did admit it Monday, four days after the whole world knew. This is journalism?)"
And, perhaps even more important, nobody at the Times was given the scoop either. They sacrificed good coverage to shield a reporter known as a close personal friend of the paper's publisher. That's why Rosen's headed for the Washington Post. Where are you headed? (Huffington Post)

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