The New York Times had no mention whatsoever yesterday of Judith Miller. We looked in the front section. Nothing. We looked in the Week in Review. Still nothing. The incarceration of Miller was one of journalism’s darkest days in recent history, yet the paper of record is too cowardly to go on record with the story. As Arianna Huffington reminds us, Time gave us the full story after Matt Cooper came clean. The Times owes us the same disclosure since so many questions remain unanswered. Their silence is nothing short of journalistic cowardice. Miller, after all, is their own reporter. They have access.
Important Questions [From Huffingtion Post]:
What made her refuse Libby’s waiver when it was first offered but accept it now? (Especially since Judge Hogan had told Miller that “she was mistaken in her belief that she was defending a free press, stressing that the government source she ‘alleges she is protecting’ had already released her from her promise of confidentiality.”)
Was Miller’s sudden eagerness to find a get-out-of-jail excuse prompted by Fitzgerald’s planning to ask for an extension of the grand jury?
Or was it prompted by Fitzgerald’s gearing up to charge her with criminal contempt?
If all it took for Miller to feel properly released was a phone call, why did she wait 85 days to make it?
And so we don’t forget what this story is really about, and given that the aluminum tubes crap that Miller put on the front page of the New York Times was being heavily promoted by Cheney, how much of that bogus information came to Miller via Libby?
And here are a few questions for the Times:
Had a Plame/Wilson story been assigned to Miller or not?
What, if anything, did she say about the story to anyone at the paper at the time… and what did they say back?
Why did the Times hold back the story about Miller’s release and let multiple other news sources scoop them? Were they trying to miss the evening news cycle and avoid the overnight thrashing their spin has rightly received?
So, as the image of Judy as a principled, conscience-driven defender of the First Amendment gives way to the image of Judy wearing her “new” waiver as a fig leaf allowing her to get out and sing, the big question remains: What is she hiding?