Saturday, October 15, 2005

But You Don't Just Lie

Okay, my earlier defenses of Judith Miller are getting tougher and tougher to stand by. In this post at Atrios we learn that Libby asked Miller to attribute any statements to him to "a former Hill staffer," rather than to a "Senior Administration Official." He is, of course, a senior administration official. Any other description would be a lie.

It's one thing to promise not to name a source. But if you choose to describe that source beyond them being familiar with the issue at hand, then you don't lie in the description. You don't, say, agree to describe a source as "an omniscient presence mostly located on Saturn's Fourth Ring," just because they ask you to, and you don't even imply to them that you ever would.

Sheesh. You're making it tough for me, Judy. Really tough.


At 1:23 AM , Blogger Jon E. said...

Scooter Libby tells me that Judith Miller didn't really have a choice in how she identified him because he threatened to kill everyone she knew if she didn't comply.

By "Scooter Libby" I mean of course "my imagination."

At 12:48 PM , Blogger Gary said...

Judy wouldn't need a threat. I'm surprised she didn't think of that description herself. She has been Cheney's embed for years.

At 2:32 PM , Blogger Jon E. said...

Whaddya think, did Judith Miller spend all that time in jail
a) in order to make us forget how she believed every ridiculous thing the administration said in the lead-up to the war
b) so that she might never have to admit that she lied about Scooter Libby's identity
c) in the hopes of selling the movie rights for her stirring defense of journalistic freedom.


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