The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Judith Miller heading Club Fed-wards?
For the Plamegate TV movie, we simply must reincarnate Gloria Swanson for the Miller role: a definite Sunset Boulevard quality about her latest contribution (on Newsnight yesterday):
The central issue for me as a reporter is still the public's right to know.
Just as Norma Desmond contrives to ignore twenty years of talkies (not to mention personal deterioration towards decrepitude) in the famous exchange (It's the pictures that got small), so Miller somehow forgets her fat fraudulent friend, the kinda-sorta traitor  Ahmed Chalabi and the eagerness with which she shoved the queer  he supplied on behalf of USG.
Her mouthpiece may be putting the gyves on her: on Newsnight, Floyd Abrams was asked whether a blogger should be entitled to a reporter's privilege not to reveal sources:
I was asked that today [at the DC Circuit Court hearing], and I said as I say here, I think a blogger ought to be protected also. It seems to me that the purpose of this privilege is to protect the people who play a function in American life.
My guess is that this went down like a ham sandwich at a barmitzvah - neither the NYT report of the hearing nor the Post's version uses the B-word.
(My piece on December 6 suggested the dangers for regular journos of making common cause with the francs-tireurs of the blogosphere - and links back to a load of material on the subject.)
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