Skip to comments.Judith Miller's Farewell
Posted on 11/09/2005 9:13:35 PM PST by Zeppo
On July 6 I chose to go to jail to defend my right as a journalist to protect a confidential source, the same right that enables lawyers to grant confidentiality to their clients, clergy to their parishioners, and physicians and psychotherapists to their patients. Though 49 states have extended this privilege to journalists ... there is no comparable federal law. I chose to go to jail not only to honor my pledge of confidentiality, but also to dramatize the need for such a federal law.
After 85 days, more than twice as long as any other American journalist has ever spent in jail for this cause, I agreed to testify . . . I did so only after my two conditions were met: first, that Mr. Libby voluntarily relieve me in writing and by phone of my promise to protect our conversations; and second, that the special prosecutor limit his questions only to those germane to the ... Wilson case. Contrary to inaccurate reports, these two agreements could not have been reached before I went to jail ... Though some colleagues disagreed with my decision to testify, for me to have stayed in jail after achieving my conditions would have seemed self-aggrandizing martyrdom or worse, a deliberate effort to obstruct the prosecutor's inquiry into serious crimes.
I salute The Times's editorial page for advocating a federal shield law before, during and after my jailing and for supporting as recently as two weeks ago my willingness to go to jail to uphold a vital principle. Most of all, I want to thank those colleagues who stood by me after I was criticized on these pages.
My response to such criticism will be posted in full on my Web site: JudithMiller.org.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Reporters who become the news are not reporters.
Just read the responses on her website. They are very good, and she nails Maureen Dowd on some mistakes that she made in her column. Good read.
When Miller refers to her former editor, Jill Abramson, as Dowd's "close friend", the icy relationship between the two is almost palpable, huh...
What a deliciously-catty way to call Abramson a liar!
Translation: Take your column and shove it, you ugly slut...
It's sad to see the New York Times lose a couple of their best writers recently - William Safire and Judith Miller. But they still have John F. Burns and John Markoff.
Judy is truly a tragic figure- perhaps she can prevail against the foggy mist of fatal uncertainty. Then again- maybe the hell- NOT. Willy Shakethesphere has told this story, yet again.
But .. the "confidential source" she was protecting WAS NOT LIBBY!!
I went to her website and read her letter to Maureen Dowd. It was hoping she would respond to maureen saying she slept her way to the top but she didn't.
still think shes spooked up
Their chief qualification seems to be how much liberal Kool Aid they are willing to drink.
Sorry. See ya. Ciao. Ta-Ta.
Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye!
I'm unhappy about Miller leaving the NYT only because she irritated so many there,
Well, I hope she didn't sign a confidentiality agreement as part of the severance deal. She needs to write a TRUTHFUL book, revealing where all the NYT "bodies are buried."
What a read that would be! (Not that I dare hope.)
Nothing could be "sad" when it comes to the NY Slimes.
Who was it ...... the mysterious Jaqueline Wilson?
I'm guessing a member of Hillary's staff.
Now that we apparently know that there was no "there" there, I'm wondering why Miller's lawyers don't seek some kind of sanction on Fitzgerald for falsely claiming that Miller was obstructing justice (and holding her in jail for contempt). If there was no underlying 'foul' of outing a covert agent or illegally transmitting classified information (on ship movements, for example), then it would seem to be a mighty weak basis for jailing Miller in order to find out whether or not Libby was being truthful on questions that were only tangentially related to the original mandate of the prosecutor.
By the way....... the Grunwald family ( So and So Grunwald, former editor-in-chief of Time as had CIA connections for a nice little time.
LOL. Try reading that silly sentence of mine. I'm sorry......... this whole thing has me overly half mad........ so I left it just as my computer (and I) wrote it!
I'm going a little batty!
Leaving the NY Times is like getting a lifeboat seat on the Titanic.
Who was it ...... the mysterious Jaqueline Wilson?
Ze mysterious Jaqueline who was married to the fracophile Joseph Wilson the IV?
if we knew the truth about the 2nd "condition" - what Fitzgerald let her get away with keeping secret.
she didn't go to jail for Libby - he had already released her, his 2nd release was meaningless.
she's on larry king now
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