Saturday, October 25, 2008

Judy comes Home

Judith Miller
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It’s the tragic tale of a conservative cheerleader who lost her way in the deep dark pages of “liberal media”. Judith Miller, who on September 8, 2002, published an exposé in the New York Times, detailing the interception of “thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes” in Iraq, thereby legitimizing the threat of WMD’s. Her sources were the following: “Bush administration officials”, “American officials” and “Iraqi defectors who once worked for the nuclear weapons establishment (who) told American officials”. Judith Miller, whose favorite high profile source was Ahmed Chalabi, a convicted criminal, who made false confirmations of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons laboratory. Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail to protect the identity of her source who outed covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. Judith Miller, who after “resigning” from the New York Times joined right wing think-tank Manhattan Institute.

On October 20th, dear Judy joined…get this…FOX News, as an on air analyst. According to Fox Senior VP,"she has a very impressive resume," – a resume tailored for Fox it may seem. Fox news isn’t picky about sourcing. Reporting that strays slightly from the truth? Fox doesn't mind. Right-wing propaganda and Fox go together like peanut-butter and jelly. Fox is just as responsible for spreading misperceptions on the war in Iraq - its viewers have higher support for the war.

Judith Miller can finally join the esteemed ranks of Hannity and O'Reilly. It is nothing less than a match made in heaven. Judith Miller is finally home.

(My apologies for any "liberal biases". I tried to stay as fair and balanced as I could.)

1 comment:

M. Dery said...

Funny. You're giving full-throated vent to your Inner Snark Monkey, here. But I wonder if the drippingly sardonic tone doesn't alienate the reader, after awhile? Also, it's always fun to shoot fish in a barrel, but this has been exhaustively covered. Next time, add balance---and nuance---by highlighting counterintuitive aspects of the story (in this case, Miller's support for Obama, which suggests she's not the neocon you're making her out to be, or at least not entirely). Also, why no mention of how Fox addressed her checkered past, and why Fox doesn't think that's an issue? Still, skillful use of links to supporting evidence, and a spirited departure from your usual sober, judicious tone.