Judith Miller Knows Who To Blame For Her Crap Iraq War Reporting (Hint: Not Judith Miller)

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Judith Miller, disgraced former propagandist for the Bush administration (and also former reporter for the New York Times) — now a Fox News contributor, OF COURSE — is still defending herself and the blood on her hands, with a new book, GRRRR. As if it weren’t bad enough that she spent a good part of last year defending poor Dick Cheney from the mean liberal media who can’t just get over that whole “they lied us into war” thing already, she also wants the world to know whose fault it was that she was in on the con job:

“What I want to do is go back and show why the sources and I got it wrong, and the Times wouldn’t let me do that. That’s what is reprehensible. You always have to go back and correct the record.”

Right. Miller wants to clear her name and absolve her guilt for letting the Bush administration tell her, “Hey, our BFF Ahmed Chalabi says there are WMD in Iraq, you should type up what he says, but don’t mention our names, m’kay?” And then every member of the Bush administration said, “See, even the Times has independently verified all on its own without any direction from us whatsoever that Iraq DEFINITELY is about to bomb us over here, oh god, MUSHROOM CLOUDS!!!” And Judith Miller, being an experienced and objective journalist, didn’t say any words, like “Um, I got that story from you, DICK,” because she had principles about protecting her sources! And First Amendment! And she went to jail, you know.

Once she realized her innocent error — and really, who among us has not been used by the White House to push a fake story to lead the nation into war? It could happen to anyone! — of course she immediately wanted to correct the record, but the Times wouldn’t let her, and you know why? Sexism.

“Rather than the paper saying, ‘Hey, we published what we knew at the time,’ the paper kind of panicked, and they said we have to find someone to blame for this,” she said. “There must be a lack of skepticism rather than there was a consensus and everyone believed it. So they turned around and they highlighted the pushy woman, I think. … It wasn’t the paper’s finest hour.”

That’s funny, because we happen to have the New York Times right here, and in its weak-sauce note from the editors, kinda sorta apologizing in 2004 for the paper’s TOTALLY WRONG coverage of Iraq’s weapons program, you know whose name does not appear even once? Bet you can guess. Maybe this is the part where the Times is subtly sub-sexisming Miller?

In doing so — reviewing hundreds of articles written during the prelude to war and into the early stages of the occupation — we found an enormous amount of journalism that we are proud of. In most cases, what we reported was an accurate reflection of the state of our knowledge at the time, much of it painstakingly extracted from intelligence agencies that were themselves dependent on sketchy information. And where those articles included incomplete information or pointed in a wrong direction, they were later overtaken by more and stronger information. That is how news coverage normally unfolds.

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Hmm, maybe not that part. Oh, but here, here the editors are definitely putting ALL the blame on lady reporter Miller, for sure:

The problematic articles varied in authorship and subject matter, but many shared a common feature. They depended at least in part on information from a circle of Iraqi informants, defectors and exiles bent on “regime change” in Iraq, people whose credibility has come under increasing public debate in recent weeks.

Wow, you can still see the tire marks from that bus the editors drove right over St. Judith Miller, the Great Martyr of Journamalism.

Normally, we’d be the last in line to defend the New York Times on charges of sexism, because hell, we make those charges ourselves all the time. And who knows? Maybe if Judith Miller had been Joshua Miller, the Times never would have bothered to investigate itself and admit mistakes were made, by unnamed reporters, in the paper’s coverage. Maybe it would have promoted Mr. Miller and insisted to this day, at every opportunity, that he was the best damned journalist who ever journalisted. So yeah, sure, maybe the paper’s failure to defend Ms. Miller even more loudly is further evidence of its sexism. Or maybe, just maybe, Judith Miller is one of the worst reporters who ever had a byline, and she’s guilty as hell of being complicit in the Bush administration’s gaslighting of America on a bogus WMD program, and instead of going on the teevee and writing books to explain how that wasn’t really her fault, really, she should just say “I am so sorry, America, for the role I played in leading us into war,” and then shut the hell up forever. Yes, we think that is a much better idea.

[Mediaite / New York Times]


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  • exinkwretch

    What’s there to apologize for? The Iraq war was an unqualified success. Source: Dick Cheney’s talking asshole.

    • Reddishrabbit

      It was total success till that Nobama ruined it all. And the Iraqi were just getting their flowers ready, if only McCain won…

  • spends2much

    Wait, someone’s on Fox News whining about sexism, and it ain’t Sister Sarah? Judy had better watch out; you don’t cross a Moose Killer.

  • Enfant Terrible

    There’s an especially hot and stinky corner of Hell reserved just for you, Ms. Miller. With votes, of course.

  • Tony Alexander

    *disgraced former propagandist whore for the Bush administration*


  • ThePuckStopsHere

    She has gone from being the worst journo in the history of the Gray Lady to being the best journalist in the history of Fox News and she didn’t have to change a thing.

    • Vecciojohn

      Her leaving the Times for Fox raised the average IQ at both institutions.

    • guppy06

      Her paychecks are even signed by the same people!

  • JD Mulvey

    I thought it was all the fault of those damn aspens turning in clusters!

    • mtn_philosoph

      They scootered her larbby ass right out of there.

  • schmannity

    Unfair! The NYT didn’t let me investigate myself!

  • Scooter

    Yes, yes I am standing and cheering for Kaili Joy right now.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I will join you.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Hey, Judy! There’s still a large smudge of Cheney/Bush bullshit on your upper lip. Time to wipe it off? Or maybe it is stuck there permanently. Go look in the goddamn mirror.

  • Lizzietish81

    Remember, the war on women is only upon Conservative women. Calling them out is totally sexism.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Sleeping your way to the top is only bad if you’re not a “Conservative”

  • Tallmutha

    Kaili Joy’s first sentence had me believing the title of Miller’s book was GRRRR.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Sorry – that’s the title of the book I’m writing on Judith Miller….

  • spends2much

    It may date me, but THIS Judy Miller would have done a better reporting job.

  • Lizzietish81

    “and really, who among us has not been used by the White House to push a fake story to lead the nation into war? It could happen to anyone! ”

    Man if I had a nickel for every time this has happened to me….

  • fawkedifiknow

    She’s a Fox News contributor? If you don’t want people to think you’re A Idiot, or a congenital liar, don’t go to work for a company that specializes in those sorts of things.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I thought Maureen Dowd was the Times writer whose claim of sexism was the most obnoxiously ridiculous. I was wrong.

    • Nounverb911

      Maureen and Peggy Noonan should do a joint weekly column for the WSJ on the joys and evils of joints and booze.

  • Nounverb911

    “disgraced former propagandist for the Bush administration …. now a Fox News contributor, OF COURSE”

    So she’s still a propagandist for the Bush Administration?

  • Toomush_Infer

    I’m going with B….

  • dorquemada

    Journalist? No. Stenographer? Yes.

  • Vecciojohn

    We found an enormous amount of journalism we were proud of.

    And parts of the curate’s egg were excellent!

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Judith “Aspens” Miller. Village Idiot.

    • Nounverb911

      Is she the village idiot some village in Texas is missing?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        That would be the deserting coward. Or Governor Goodhair.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Judith Miller. The Rita Skeeter of American journamalism.

  • Spotts1701

    Yeah you sure were eager to “correct the record”, Judith. You know, after everything had gone to hell and you realized that being the drum majorette for this disaster was not going to give you that cushy road to retirement you mapped out.

  • Viva La Tabula Raza

    “Maybe it would have promoted Mr. Miller and insisted to this day, at every opportunity, that he was the best damned journalist who ever journalisted.”
    So, the Fox News/O’Reilly Gambit.

  • Viva La Tabula Raza

    You mean she’s on Fox and didn’t blame Obama? Heaven forfend!

  • chicken thief


  • dsmith

    For the most part the warmongering Bibi Netanyahu loving neocons control most of what we read and hear from the main stream media. This is evident today as we hear the same song second verse about Iran being the “Chief exporter of terrorism” and “They are within a few months of having a nuclear weapon.” Ms. Miller and the Israeli First cabal who would use this country’s military to fight their wars are traitors and the worst kind of perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

  • Tallmutha

    Let us take a moment to remember Spy Magazine, without whom we would never have known that Judith’s colleagues at the Times nicknamed her “E. C.”–short for “Egregious Cunt.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      SPY was great. They also gave us the immortal “short fingered vulgarian” for The Donald.

  • Viva La Tabula Raza

    “So they turned around and they highlighted the pushy woman, I think.”
    Forget it, Judy. It’s Benghazitown.

  • Virginia Dreaming

    Perhaps we should refer to her reporting as “The Miller’s Tale.”

    • dimplasm

      “The Miler’s Tail”, she’s at the other end of that animal.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        I wish I could give multiple upvotes for this comment.

        • vivian

          …or slightly below the tail…

    • Vecciojohn
    • Wonkaholic

      And so it was that later
      As Ms. Miller told her tale
      That her facts, if not all, then mostly,
      Turned a whiter shade of fail.

  • Ergoetal

    She wants to go back and correct something? Fine. Let her do it at Fox. Or the Washington Times. Or WND. They publish stuff, too.

  • chicken thief

    “You always have to go back and correct the record.”

    Well, no, not if you get it right the first time you don’t.

    • yourlizardoverlord

      Before the internet, we all knew, always lie in pencil.

      • yourlizardoverlord

        Oh my, that was my 200th snark and it’s game over for this avatar. I played a game of snark in god mode by using an arrogant presumptuous username against the most accomplished wippersnarkers and old smart asses on the internet. Points per snark are still being counted, but, I got my ass kicked. Next time I intend to be cute. My inspiration for this game.

  • TheBidenator

    Who wants to bet ole Judy doe eyes here doesn’t mention Scooter Libby spoon feeding her bullshit to print? Or if she does, it’s painted in the most innocent way possible because of course it was…by the way Kaili, I liked that you put in the reciprocity of the Dubya dildos to plant shit in the NYT and then cite it as “even the liberal New York Times says so…” if I had a nickle for every time one of their idiot defenders used that very argument I’d never need to work again.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Hell, you’d be able to insure that no one who ever read Wonkette would ever have to work again.

  • Naked Bunny with a Whip

    who among us has not been used by the White House to push a fake story to lead the nation into war?

    Worst BDSM scene idea ever.

    • Virginia Dreaming

      50 Shades of GRRRRR?

  • chicken thief

    Her ‘reporting’ took place prior to 2004. So now, 12-15 yrs later she writes a book? She decide to wait til her kids were out of college or she went through menopause or what?

    • Virginia Dreaming

      She waited for enough people to get Alzheimer’s that she might not get called out?

    • MrBlobfish

      It was prophesied that on the rising of the Blood Moon, Black Chaney would summoned forth his minions to prepare for the destruction of Persia. Or menopause. Whatever.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Cheney is still around, ready to cut down those aspens.

  • chicken thief

    Yo, Judith. No matter how much you try to clean up your reputation or purse your lips mah main man Louie Gohmert isn’t going let you be his Preznitial Press Secretary or blow him.

  • MrBlobfish

    Ya know who needs to investigate this? Jeff Gannon.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Or Jeff Guckert, perhaps?

      • chicken thief

        Or Bill Gannon and his sidekick, Sgt Friday?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          “Just the facts, ma’am.”

          • Vecciojohn

            Facts? You must be part of the reality based community.

    • Seriously

      I was thinking The Hague.

    • coozledad

      His ass is still too sore from those intimate briefings.

  • Vecciojohn

    And as soon as she gets to the bottom of who caused her to tell all those lies she’s going to help O.J. find the real killer!

    • Msgr_Moment

      It’ll be about time!

  • Wild Cat

    I think Jimmy Miller practiced the drums a tad too much on poor young impressionable Judith’s skull way back when . . .

  • gomerel

    A horrible war fought to prove Bush and Cheney had bigger dicks than Saddam Hussein. What a-holes.

    • Beaumarchais?

      They managed to make Saddam not the worst thing that happened to Iraq.

  • FlownOver

    I say waterboard enhanced interrogate the Pushy Woman. Not that it might get her to reveal her sources – she just deserves it on general principles.

    • ForCry

      A Confession extracted through pain is good for the Soul.

      However this would not work on Cheney because he feels no pain since he us undead.

    • coozledad

      “Pushy woman?” She’s just projecting there, thinking we might have some idea of how many she pushed out on Dick Cheney’s chest.

      And only Patrick Fitzgerald knows how many she chopped off for Scooter.

  • Seriously

    Judith Miller will never shut up. Just like Draft Dodger Dick Cheney will never shut up, still crapping on anyone who isn’t hungry for more war and dispensing with his ‘awesome’ military advice to any boob who will listen ( Fox News). And the scariest part of all, I doubt either one of them has lost a moment’s sleep over this mess, the mess THEY CREATED that killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. I would lose sleep if I had killed one person. Then again, I have this thing they call a soul.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      You’re never going to get far in the GOP klown kar with that soul thing attached to you. I’d get it removed.

    • Meccalopolis

      it’s a statistic!

      — uncle joe

  • runfastandwin

    I’m just A Idiot from Taxifornia, and even I knew the whole Iraq thing was BS and my only source was watching it all unfold on the boob tube.

    • janecita

      I know, I remember looking at my husband and saying, “Your president and his whole fucking administration are lying through their teeth”. He was never my president.

  • poorgradstudent

    A week ago I made the mistake of reading an excerpt from her book. I kind of wanted to clean my eyes with bleach.

    I did get sincere enjoyment out of her argument which basically went “The Bush administration didn’t lie! They just decided to only run with the information that was convenient for them!”

  • Callyson

    Judith Miller is trying to rehabilitate her reputation and is blaming the NYT for her inability to do so, eh?

    • Meccalopolis

      checking my arithmetic… yup, zero fucks given

  • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

    still defending herself and the blood on her hands, with a new book

    What, no Amazon linkie?

  • WiscoJoe

    True story: I used to work for non-profit that worked on preserving and archiving historical documents and artifacts connected to certain military projects. We were largely funded by the military industrial complex and various energy interests, but were an ostensibly independent and ‘academic’ type institution.

    Judy Miller did a story on us, which at the time wasn’t really her beat, but whatever. The Times sent Miller to write the story, and when the Times wants to give your small organization some major publicity, you don’t ask questions. When she arrived to interview my boss, I was sent down to the lobby to greet her and keep her company until the appointment started. During our uncomfortable small talk about her travel accommodations she leaned over and whispered to me, “Don’t worry. I’m on your guys’ side.”

    At the time, I was so naive that I didn’t understand the organization even had a “side” and I had absolutely no idea why a prominent, apparently professional journalist would be so cavalier about her bias. When the Iraq War nonsense broke out, I remembered her name from the time we met and suddenly that encounter was a lot more stark in its implications.

    In conclusion, Judy Miller is a hack.

    • Steverino247

      Judy Miller is an unindicted co-conspirator and war criminal.


  • Beaumarchais?

    I’m beginning to enjoy these pathetic attempts to escape the harsh verdict of history.

    • janecita

      History will definitely not absolve any of them.

      • Blank Ron

        No matter how desperately they edit it.

    • WiscoJoe

      “In history, we’ll all be dead.” -George W. Bush

      • coozledad

        That son of a bitch was dead before he stubbed his first cigarette out on a pledge’s ass.

        He’ll never lose a minute’s sleep over his war. He comes from a crime family. They’ll always be killers.

    • Ryan Denniston

      But, Bill, those are historical shits.

      • jgmurphy

        I can’t believe he just let her sit there and defend herself.

  • guppy06

    Normally, we’d be the last in line to defend the New York Times on charges of sexism, because hell, we make those charges ourselves all the time.

    Well, they do publish MoDo about once a week…

  • Jay B.

    This is the thing. As much as it pains us to think of that awful time, we have to remember it was ALWAYS worse than we remember it now. The Absolute and Eternal Clusterfuck of bad motives, bad journalism, bad people doing unspeakably bad things and the Worst Fucking President in U.S. History. It’s hard to imagine just how awful they were.

    • coozledad

      And your awful shit-scared neighbors, proving once and for all what a dangerously stupid, morose, vile swamp of eternal teenage shite this country has become.

    • Ellie Kesselman

      Yes, it is wonderful now, not like then.

      • Jay B.

        Of course it’s not all great. But the malicious ineptitude of the Bush Administration is just staggering. Paul Bremer, nearly alone, practically created ISIS when he shut the Sunnis out of government and kicked them out of the army. And that’s just one small fragment of the endless shitshow of the Bush years, the effects of which we are still enduring.

        • Ellie Kesselman

          >shut the Sunnis out of government and kicked them out of the army

          That was a bad decision, you’re right. Iraq is a mess now.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Good God, would someone get this lady some Social Security and Medicare so she can go away!

    • bernieo

      She is too. Use working for the right wing Manhattan Institute to retire.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Gee, if only someone had warned us against invading Iraq.

    • Steverino247

      Like everybody in France, for example?

  • Me not sure

    I never liked her beer either.

  • Paperless Tiger

    The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 is a United States Congressional statement of policy calling for regime change in Iraq.

    It was probably hard to hear the truth over the deafening war drums.

  • NeilS

    Nailed Wonkette! Even though I often watch FOX in order to be outraged at their ‘reporting’, I have to change channels when Judith is on. I simply can’t watch this self righteous snob.

    • jgmurphy

      Really—HOW can you watch Fox “News” without getting an ulcer? I can’t.

  • Walter Wellstone

    Judith Miller was on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday. Bill went easy on her, in my opinion, and he let her explain her “side” of the whole story. In short, she claims the intelligence apparatus got it wrong and she was just collateral damage because she trusted the information they were providing everyone including the Bush Administration. I think that’s disingenuous at best. I cannot believe for a second she didn’t know what kind of person Ahmed Chalabi is. The fact that he was hanging out with the likes of Wolfowitz and the rest should have been a huge red flag for her.

    • bernieo

      Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder had the story correct as did Bob Simon of CBS. They were interviewed by Bill Moyers and said that they interviewed the professionals at the CIA who were experts on WMD. But of course, poor little Judy being an “expert” on terrorism issues did not know anyone to call and had to rely on Cheney’s pals like Ahmed and Scooter. My favorite èxcuse for allowing the administration to lie us into war was Saint Tim Russert’s. He tile Mohers he wished he had had the story but no one had bothered to call to tell him! Talk about a work ethic. Watch Moyers show. It is an eye opener.

      As for sexism I guess Judith could point to the fact that Jeff Gerth, the reporter who let right wing smear operatives use him to push the bogus Whitewater scandal, was never fired by the Times. The Times has never acknowledged their key role in promoting the scandal then relentlessly pushing for an Independent Counsel even after not one, but two Republican led investigations had cleared the Clinton’s of any wrongdoing. ( Jay Stevens and later Robert Fiske)

    • jgmurphy

      It was a total pillowfest! He practically ate her out.

  • Blank Ron

    You know who else always had to go back and correct the record?

    • Steverino247

      Winston Smith?

    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Bill and Ted?

  • Gregory Brown

    I never worked for the ANYT (the August New York Times) but after 32 years as a newspaperman, I’m qualified to say that Miller assed it up bigtime.

  • cousin itt

    Chris Hayes is hammering Judy now, asking her if she feels any guilt. He’s really exasperated. At least Chris can commit journalism.

    Surprisingly, she says she does not.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Hmmm. The government was using reporters, including Miller, to burn a covert CIA agent. And it never occurred to her to ask, “WHY?” She just went along with what they were trying to do and kept her mouth shut. The real story was in why did they want so much to burn Valarie Plame. Miller just sat on her hands with that one.

  • senigma

    And those shoulder pads! I mean really, a line must be drawn; some things just are unforgivable.

  • JParkerSD46

    Defend Dick Cheney…sure. He’s a peach. Wonder if Judy has had a chance to watch the first segment of this silly little Marxist-liberal gabfest?–2015—eric-greitens

  • Alan Williams

    Well, someone’s gonna have to be there in the Ninth Ring to record Dick’s every word of wisdom as it drips from his fire-licked lips.

  • SullivanSt

    Here’s the real unforgivable slam against Miller personally:

    Some critics of our coverage during that time have focused blame on
    individual reporters. Our examination, however, indicates that the
    problem was more complicated. Editors at several levels who should have
    been challenging reporters and pressing for more skepticism were perhaps
    too intent on rushing scoops into the paper.

    How dare they literally holocaust her like that?

  • erpiu

    totally dishonest j.miller, as can be expected from a NYT establishment hack….

    but c.hayes was not prepared with facts to challenge her “the was unanimously wrong; what’s a girl to do?!” line.

    just reading wikipedia would have sufficed…

    and c.hayes doubled-down by not inviting say ray mcgovern or larry wilkerson to at least call out her lies afterwards.