Friday, July 29, 2005

My favorite inside source, I kiss your open sores

I'm hardly gonna be the first person to proffer this link, but it is really worth your while to read Arianna Huffington's far-from-idle speculations about Jailbird Judy:
Not everyone in the Times building is on the same page when it comes to Judy Miller. The official story the paper is sticking to is that Miller is a heroic martyr, sacrificing her freedom in the name of journalistic integrity.

But a very different scenario is being floated in the halls. Here it is: It's July 6, 2003, and Joe Wilson's now famous op-ed piece appears in the Times, raising the idea that the Bush administration has "manipulate[d]" and "twisted" intelligence "to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." Miller, who has been pushing this manipulated, twisted, and exaggerated intel in the Times for months, goes ballistic. . . [S]he calls her friends in the intelligence community and asks, Who is this guy? She finds out he's married to a CIA agent. She then passes on the info about Mrs. Wilson to Scooter Libby (Newsday has identified a meeting Miller had on July 8 in Washington with an "unnamed government official"). Maybe Miller tells Rove too -- or Libby does. The White House hatchet men turn around and tell Novak and Cooper. The story gets out.

This is why Miller doesn't want to reveal her "source" at the White House -- because she was the source.
D'oh! Oh, how I hope this proves true. A good indicator that this shit is, in fact, about to hit the fan will be when the wingnuts start reminding us that Miller works for the Liberal Media flagship, therefore it was the Liberal Media (yeah, that's the ticket!), not the Bush administration, that was responsible for the bullshit "intelligence" that bolstered the case for war. (The sad thing that is they will be half right -- in my former life as a moderate liberal non-anony-blogger, I definitely took Miller's reporting seriously in weighing the case for war, and ultimately coming down in favor of it.) Just you watch John Podhoretz's mouth -- sooner or later, this particular kernel of corn will gleam among the turds emerging thencefrom.

But I come not to insult JPod or snicker at Judith Miller, but to remind people of a half-joke that went around shortly after 9-11. Wasn't it a little suspicious that Miller's book on bioterrorism, Germs, came out just a few weeks after the anthrax attacks (still unsolved, as Ariana's HuffPost colleague Harry Shearer reminds us). Perhaps Miller can stand to add five extra deaths to her existing bar tab?