Quote o’ the day

From Judy Miller’s Sunday editorial in the NYTimes:

“It came in August 2003, shortly after I attended a conference on national security issues held in Aspen, Colo. After the conference, I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo. At a rodeo one afternoon, a man in jeans, a cowboy hat and sunglasses approached me. He asked me how the Aspen conference had gone. I had no idea who he was.

“‘Judy,’ he said. ‘It’s Scooter Libby.’

Hat tip: DC Debate

In related news, it seems as though the journalism community is turning on Judy Miller. Via AP:

NEW YORK — With a ferociousness usually reserved for presidents caught lying to the public, the journalism world has turned on The New York Times and its reporter Judith Miller, who only weeks ago was being lauded for going to jail to protect a source.

A few media critics and academics suggested Monday that the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter should be fired for her actions covering the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Miller also was blasted for failing to explain how she learned the identity of the CIA agent wife of a Bush administration critic.

“It’s not enough that Judith Miller, we learned Saturday, is taking some time off and `hopes’ to return to the New York Times newsroom,” Greg Mitchell, the editor of the journalism trade publication Editor & Publisher, wrote in an online column. “She should be promptly dismissed for crimes against journalism, and her own newspaper.”

Once described as a brave hero, it now seems as though Miller is wearing journalism’s scarlet letter.

For the latest on le affaire de Plamegate, check out Tom Maguire’s blog.

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