Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Judith Miller moves to Fox News—why am I not surprised?

by Larry Geller

The story below is via Danny Schechter, the News Dissector:



Today, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reveals that Fox News has hired former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who will write stories for Fox's website and be an on-air analyst. "She has a very impressive resume," Fox News Senior Vice President John Moody. Moody added that he wasn't concerned about Miller's faulty pre-war reporting, saying, "We've all had stories that didn't come out exactly as we had hoped" and "she has explained herself and she has nothing to apologize for." But Miller had more problems than her stories not turning out "exactly" as she had "hoped." In fact, she was a key player in pushing false intelligence that led the public to support the Iraq war, and she was central to the Valerie Plame leak scandal. For instance, On Sept. 7, 2002, she and fellow New York Times reporter Michael Gordon reported that Iraq had "stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb." As proof, she cited unnamed "American intelligence experts" and unnamed "Bush administration officials." Subsequently, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Donald Rumsfeld all pointed to Miller's story as justification for war. On April 22, 2003, she told PBS's Newshour that WMD had already been found in Iraq: "Well, I think they found something more than a 'smoking gun.'" In 2005, Miller went to jail for refusing to testify in the Valerie Plame scandal and reveal her conversations with Scooter Libby. Libby told Miller that Plame worked at the CIA while Plame was still undercover.

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