Judy! Judy! Judy!
The New York Times has finally published its long-awaited 5900-word investigative study into the
Glad we finally got that cleared up.
Oops, sorry, I was residing in an alternate universe. Let me return to this planet, where Plamegate is more muddled than ever, and the only thing that seems certain is Scooter Libby and Turdblossom Rove being fitted for matching electronic ankle bracelets.
Depending on which version you believe, Miller...
a) never spoke with anyone about
Valerie Plameor her husband, ; Joe Wilson
b) spoke about the two, but only with VP aide
; Lewis Libby
c) first heard
’s name from someone other than Valerie Plame Libbywhose name she cannot remember.
This last bit may even be true. After all, Miller cannot get Valerie Plame’s name right from one day to the next – writing it in her notebook as “Valerie Flame” one day, “Victoria Wilson” on another. (Does
Miller’s account of her behavior abounds with the kind of errors and ethical gaps that would make any self-respecting editor want to swill Drano. She apparently records information in her notebook without recording the identity of the person who gives her the information. She agrees to falsify
Her bosses fare no better in these accounts. Despite committing millions of dollars in legal fees (and the once hallowed, now hollowed, reputation of the Times), Editor Bill Keller never asked to see Miller’s notes, never asked about her source, never even found out what it was the Times was actually defending.
It’s not like any of this should come as a great surprise. The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz, not the deepest thinker or most intrepid reporter on the planet, uncovers this chestnut – a memo written in 2000 by freelancer Craig Pyes to the NY Times editors:
"I'm not willing to work further on this project with
," wrote Pyes, who now writes for the Los Angeles Times. He added: "I do not trust her work, her judgment, or her conduct. She is an advocate, and her actions threaten the integrity of the enterprise, and of everyone who works with her. . . . She has turned in a draft of a story of a collective enterprise that is little more than dictation from government sources over several days, filled with unproven assertions and factual inaccuracies," and "tried to stampede it into the paper." Judy Miller
What’s most troubling is that Miller’s account has an eerily familiar ring. She professes ignorance – she can’t remember who told her about “
This is the Bush administration trifecta: ignorance, incompetence, malfeasance. It’s what they do when caught with their Missions Unaccomplished, their cronyism exposed, and Halliburton’s’ hand down their pants.