Friday, October 21, 2005
A letter from the NYT Bill Keller to his staff is circulating on the Net. Two and one half years after Judith Miller gobbled up fallacious information from her WH buddies and published them in the NYT, Keller now wishes he had been more diligent. Yup.
First Mia Culpa”: “I wish we had dealt with the controversy over our coverage of WMD as soon as I became executive editor. At the time, we thought we had compelling reasons for kicking the issue down the road.”
Is he kidding? The most important newspaper in the United States had published lies that have had horrendous consequences, and he thought they had “compelling reasons” for waiting a year to correct the record! He says he had just taken over as chief and had to deal with the Jayson Blair issue to regain “equilibrium” for the paper.
Second Mia Culpa: “ I wish that when I learned Judy Miller had been subpoenaed as a witness in the leak investigation, I had sat her down for a thorough debriefing, and followed up with some reporting of my own. It is a natural and proper instinct to defend reporters when the government seeks to interfere in our work. And under other circumstances it might have been fine to entrust the details -- the substance of the confidential interviews, the notes -- to lawyers who would be handling the case.”
What was he thinking? Miller shills for Cheney and the war machine in his paper, gets called before a federal grand jury because she might be part of a big conspiracy or a patsy for its conspirators, and he takes a pass on grilling her?
The remainder of his letter is just too painful to read.
After they flagellate themeselve in public--as is expected, and demanded, by their readers, she will be out.
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