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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Did Judith Miller Retire or Did The New York Times Retire Her?

Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters has a detailed assessment of the possible answers to the question of why Judith Miller "retired" from The New York Times where she had worked as a reporter since 1977.

Whatever one's view of Miller, this episode adds to the perception that her now former bosses conducted themselves in less than honorable ways. Morrissey explains why:

"And yet - the Times made no move to get rid of her for weeks. They kept her on staff all through the rest of the grand jury process, apparently only starting to negotiate her exit just before Fitzgerald's mandate ran out.

"The Times, which had defended the credibility of Jayson Blair right up until they fired him, put themselves in the unusual position of continuing to employ a reporter that they themselves now said was not to be believed.

"In e-mails that eventually made their way out (and can be read on Miller's website), Keller and Byron Calame accused her of all sorts of vague conflicts of interest. If all that were true, why didn't the Times just fire her?"

Bottom line? Miller went to jail for 86 days to protect a confidential source in the Bush administration. Her bosses in the Times newsroom don't like the Bush administration, so when the PC pressure from within the profession grew too strong, they dumped her?

Go here for the full Captain's Quarters analysis.