Disgraced Times Reporter Who Published WMD Falsehoods Embraced by Right-Wing Media Outlets

Judith Miller, the former New York Timesreporter whose falsehood-laden pieces on WMDs in Iraq were cited by the Bush administration in their decision to go to war, has landed a new gig reporting for the right-wing outlet Newsmax.

According to the Huffington Post, Miller was already an online contributor to Newsmax, and she's also a contributor for Fox News. But so far, she hasn't deployed her bag of questionable tricks:

[H]er first Newsmax piece, as it turns out, is a perfectly decent read on the law enforcement effort being jointly undertaken by Americans and Iraqis to curb the drug trafficking that's fueling what's left of the insurgency. Assuming it doesn't have the sourcing problems of her pre-war work at the Times (again, I am referring to her history of using the Bush administration's favorite grifter-shills as her "sources"), there's nothing objectionable about the piece itself.

She'd do herself a favor by keeping up the good behavior. As HuffPo notes, "given Miller's checkered past, and the cloud of doubt that rightly follows her, she's got few options in terms of future employers." Indeed.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 30, 2010, 6:18am

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