Saturday, July 09, 2005

When a White House shill pretends to be a journalist, does she still get the press discount?

Could it be that Patrick Fitzgerald regards Judith Miller as a material witness, possibly a co-conspirator and/or accomplice, rather than a journalist?

Most of Miller's hacks in the press have lemming'd up behind her, crying about protecting sources. It's certainly easier to cry about persecution than say, doing reporting.

Judith Miller’s recent history is fascinating, to put it mildly. She sabotaged an earlier Fitzpatrick effort to nail three Muslim charities that were financing terrorist groups (see TPM’s excellent article on this).

But wait, there's more. Judith Miller knew and worked with Dr. Kelly, who said the U.K. "sexed up" the dossier on Iraq. But Miller neglected to mention her long association with him or that he assisted her in writing her book “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War” when she wrote about his "suicide.”

Other, real journalists don't think much of Miller's journalistic credentials. Others questioned the official line on Dr. Kelly's death.

Frankly, the press have been tools of this Administration, and that they’re lining up behind Miller (Miller!) instead of pursuing the Karl Rove leak is surprising to no one.

No wonder they are held in lower regard than my profession – and I work for the crooks on Wall St.

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