A Superstar Crashes and Burns
Another shameful chapter in The New York Times story comes to an end
Nov. 17, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 49
IN THE NEWS
Judy Miller Fights Back with Letters to Dowd and Calame
NEW YORK--Judith Miller will not go gently into that good night. Her public relations offensive, which had already taken her to CNN with Larry King and to National Public Radio and elsewhere, now includes angry published letters to two of her antagonists, former colleague Maureen Dowd and New York Times Public Editor Barney Calame.
--Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher, Nov. 13, 2005
For us news junkies, the professional demise of Judith Miller, the dangerous and duplicitous New York Times reporter who has been accused of taking us to war in Iraq, has been both fascinating and cathartic.
Equally fascinating was the inaction of her editors who failed to ride herd, and the paralysis of the gray little man at the top trying to hold things together with chewing gum and chicken wire.
Now it's over. On Nov. 9, 2005, under enormous pressure from her angry colleagues and an outraged media, Miller involuntarily resigned from The New York Times after 28 years.
THE PLAY is done--the curtain drops,
Slow falling to the prompter's bell;
A moment yet the actor stops,
And looks around, to say farewell.
It is an irksome word and task;
And, when he 's laugh'd and said his say,
He shows, as he removes the mask,
A face that 's anything but gay.
--William Makepeace Thackeray
How Judy Miller took us to war in Iraq
Miller, 57, is the most reviled reporter in America--if not the world--and has been for a long time. As Franklin Foer wrote in the June 7, 2005, New York magazine:
Miller is a star, a diva. She wrote big stories, won big prizes. Long before her WMD articles ran, Miller had become a newsroom legend--and for reasons that had little to do with the stories that appeared beneath her byline. With her seemingly bottomless ambition--a pair of big feet that would stomp on colleagues in her way and even crunch a few bystanders--she cut a larger-than-life figure that lent itself to Paul Bunyan-esque retellings. Most of these stories aren't kind. Of course, nobody said journalism was a country club. And her personality was immaterial while she was succeeding, winning a Pulitzer, warning the world about terrorism, bio-weapons, and Iraq's war machine. But now, who she is, and why she prospered, makes for a revealing cautionary tale about the culture of American journalism.
- Ahmad Chalabi
- Alexander Cockburn
- Arthur O. Sulzberger
- Donovan McNabb
- Franklin Foer
- Frederic Remington
- Groucho Marx
- Harry Truman
- Jack Shafer
- Jayson Blair
- Joe Strupp
- Judith Miller
- Larry King
- Maureen Dowd
- Michael Massing
- Orson Welles
- Paul Bunyan
- Russ Baker
- Saddam Hussein
- The News
- William Makepeace Thackeray
- William Randolph Hearst
- Woody Allen