josh (joshc) wrote,

sunday highlights : nyt on nyt on "1st amendment hero"

Conceding my requirement to have a daily dose of caffeine to feel like a functional human, I've fallen back into a routine of spending Sunday morning with the New York Times at a cafe. Yes, one of those people.

Anyway. Today's paper had a massive article about the Judith Miller saga. Massive in the post-Jayson Blair style. Although the whole thing is worth reading, you can get a sense of how the news division feels about the whole affair from the first and second-to-last paragraphs:
In a notebook belonging to Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, amid notations about Iraq and nuclear weapons, appear two small words: "Valerie Flame." . . . The Times incurred millions of dollars in legal fees in Ms. Miller's case. It limited its own ability to cover aspects of one of the biggest scandals of the day. Even as the paper asked for the public's support, it was unable to answer its questions. [nyt]
The article also includes links to really useful graphical timelines and a long essay from Miller telling her version of the story (which differs a bit from the news side's).

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