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Judith Miller's Farewell
New York Times ^ | November 10, 2005 | Judith Miller

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.

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KEYWORDS: cialeak; judithmiller; libby; miller; nyt; plame
Here's Miller's farewell apologia... Not much new that I can see - apparently a confirmation that she was threatened with felony obstruction charges, and the admission that she went to jail to dramatize the need for a Federal Shield law seems to be new news (and is probably an afterthought, another weak attempt to make herself a martyr for the 'profession' in order to rehabilitate herself in the eyes of her peers). Perhaps her web site (or a future book deal?) may shed some more light on all of the unanswered questions, but the tone of this tear-drenched letter to the editor makes that somewhat doubtful.
1 posted on 11/09/2005 9:13:36 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: Zeppo

Reporters who become the news are not reporters.


2 posted on 11/09/2005 9:18:50 PM PST by SteveMcKing ("I was born a Democrat. I expect I'll be a Democrat the day I leave this earth." -Zell Miller '04)
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To: Zeppo

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.


3 posted on 11/09/2005 9:19:16 PM PST by SC33
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To: SC33

When Miller refers to her former editor, Jill Abramson, as Dowd's "close friend", the icy relationship between the two is almost palpable, huh...


4 posted on 11/09/2005 9:28:13 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: Zeppo
I never identified the editor to the grand jury or publicly, since it involved internal NYTimes decisions. But since you did, yes, the editor was Jill Abramson. Obviously, Jill and I have different memories of what happened during that turbulent period at the paper. I gave my recollection under oath.

What a deliciously-catty way to call Abramson a liar!

5 posted on 11/09/2005 9:30:47 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: Zeppo
I agree with you that reporters must be more than stenographers. The same is true of columnists.

Translation: Take your column and shove it, you ugly slut...

6 posted on 11/09/2005 9:34:23 PM PST by Zeppo
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To: Zeppo

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.


7 posted on 11/09/2005 9:35:32 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Zeppo
Talk about a self-aggrandizing, ego maniacal, martyr complex! Her actions and experiences with the judicial system are enough to convince me a reporter's shield law would be one of the STUPIDEST things we could do!

After hearing Mary Mapes'explain that she didn't think reporters should have to vet their sources before they do a story, I have nightmares about what they would report fallaciously. Hoping, of course, that no one would take the time or trouble to determine the actual truth.
8 posted on 11/09/2005 9:51:01 PM PST by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: Zeppo

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.


9 posted on 11/09/2005 9:58:47 PM PST by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: Zeppo

But .. the "confidential source" she was protecting WAS NOT LIBBY!!


10 posted on 11/09/2005 10:11:18 PM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe in Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: SteveMcKing
And may I say, reporters who divulge national security items from leaked sources should not be protected.
12 posted on 11/09/2005 10:15:46 PM PST by ONETWOONE (onetwoone)
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To: Zeppo
a deliberate effort to obstruct the prosecutor's inquiry into serious crimes.

An unbiased reporter would have said "potential" serious crimes. Or "if serious crimes were committed."
13 posted on 11/09/2005 10:18:01 PM PST by msnimje ("People for the American Way have issued a Fatwah against Alito" --- John Cornyn)
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To: Zeppo

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.


14 posted on 11/09/2005 10:24:42 PM PST by fso301
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To: SteveMcKing

bttt


15 posted on 11/09/2005 10:56:16 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Zeppo

still think shes spooked up


16 posted on 11/09/2005 11:12:21 PM PST by wildcatf4f3 (admittedly too unstable for public office)
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To: Centerfield
MSM Morons aren't professional anythings. They are smear artists, hucksters, and dimwits.

Their chief qualification seems to be how much liberal Kool Aid they are willing to drink.

17 posted on 11/09/2005 11:38:15 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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later


18 posted on 11/09/2005 11:40:20 PM PST by elli1
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To: Zeppo
Though 49 states have extended this privilege to journalists ... there is no comparable federal law.

Sorry. See ya. Ciao. Ta-Ta.
Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye!

19 posted on 11/09/2005 11:52:08 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Zeppo

I'm unhappy about Miller leaving the NYT only because she irritated so many there,


20 posted on 11/10/2005 2:49:29 AM PST by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: thegreatbeast

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.)


21 posted on 11/10/2005 4:54:58 AM PST by rightazrain (Uh-til-uh's twin sister)
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To: HAL9000
It's sad to see the New York Times lose a couple of their best writers recently

Nothing could be "sad" when it comes to the NY Slimes.

22 posted on 11/10/2005 5:57:54 AM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: CyberAnt; Zeppo
But .. the "confidential source" she was protecting WAS NOT LIBBY!!

Who was it ...... the mysterious Jaqueline Wilson?

;-)

23 posted on 11/10/2005 6:00:05 AM PST by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: beyond the sea

I'm guessing a member of Hillary's staff.


24 posted on 11/10/2005 7:24:23 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe in Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: Zeppo

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.


25 posted on 11/10/2005 7:59:13 AM PST by Zeppo
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To: CyberAnt
I hear you.

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!

;-)

26 posted on 11/10/2005 8:03:30 AM PST by beyond the sea (Gloria Borger is Andrea Mitchell on Peyote)
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To: Zeppo

Leaving the NY Times is like getting a lifeboat seat on the Titanic.


27 posted on 11/10/2005 2:40:10 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: beyond the sea

Who was it ...... the mysterious Jaqueline Wilson?

Ze mysterious Jaqueline who was married to the fracophile Joseph Wilson the IV?


28 posted on 11/10/2005 6:49:54 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Zeppo

if we knew the truth about the 2nd "condition" - what Fitzgerald let her get away with keeping secret.


29 posted on 11/10/2005 6:52:15 PM PST by oceanview
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To: wildcatf4f3

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/12501


30 posted on 11/10/2005 6:53:31 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Zeppo

she didn't go to jail for Libby - he had already released her, his 2nd release was meaningless.


31 posted on 11/10/2005 6:55:08 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Zeppo

she's on larry king now


32 posted on 11/10/2005 6:56:22 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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