LITTLE MISS RUN AMOK
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Today, the NYT allows reporters to report on the reporter who reports on whatever the hell she wants which is pretty much whatever the GOP and neo cons want.
It is an amusing read. From the NYT itself:
"Judy is a very intelligent, very pushy reporter," said Stephen Engelberg, who was Ms. Miller's editor at The Times for six years and is now a managing editor at The Oregonian in Portland. "Like a lot of investigative reporters, Judy benefits from having an editor who's very interested and involved with what she's doing."Heh. She ran amok and people died. Like a driver who presses down the accelerator while screaming she is really braking, she drove into Iraq and ran over scores of humans. Now the whole country is a smoking ruin and chaos rules there. But she did her embedded best, hopping in and out of more than one bed, one presumes.
In the year after Mr. Engelberg left the paper in 2002, though, Ms. Miller operated with a degree of autonomy rare at The Times.
Douglas Frantz, who succeeded Mr. Engelberg as the investigative editor, said that Ms. Miller once called herself "Miss Run Amok."
"I said, 'What does that mean?' " said Mr. Frantz, who was recently appointed managing editor at The Los Angeles Times. "And she said, 'I can do whatever I want.' "
In two interviews, Ms. Miller generally would not discuss her interactions with editors, elaborate on the written account of her grand jury testimony or allow reporters to review her notes.OK, who owns the NYT and who wanted her to be raised on a dais? The fired editor?
On July 30, 2003, Mr. Keller became executive editor after his predecessor, Howell Raines, was dismissed after a fabrication scandal involving a young reporter named Jayson Blair.
Within a few weeks, in one of his first personnel moves, Mr. Keller told Ms. Miller that she could no longer cover Iraq and weapons issues. Even so, Mr. Keller said, "she kept kind of drifting on her own back into the national security realm."
Although criticism of Ms. Miller's Iraq coverage mounted, Mr. Keller waited until May 26, 2004, to publish an editors' note that criticized some of the paper's coverage of the run-up to the war.
Nooooo. He was fired for a far smaller matter. The present editor? Noooooo. Not him. He claims she can cover whatever she wants when she wants and it gets front page, too. Haha.
So who has the pull to put her on the front page? Heh. Hard to guess, eh?
No reporter in the Times is going to rat on the owner, of course. What happens in private is private except when it involves killing lots of people or blow jobs for poor Clinton. Then it is certainly a public matter. Obviously, even after the so called editors chided Miss Run Amok in their feeble apology they didn't have any control over her actions nor her dirty tricks she was pulling. Obviously, people with more power than the editors enabled her to jump her traces and run amok.
As Ms. Miller, 57, remained resolute and moved closer to going to jail for her silence, the leadership of The Times stood squarely behind her.Oh, the owner is so passive. The editor couldn't stop her. The owner handed her his car keys under what can only be described as very murky conditions, then he and the entire newspaper let her "drive her own story home."
"She'd given her pledge of confidentiality," said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher. "She was prepared to honor that. We were going to support her."
But Mr. Sulzberger and the paper's executive editor, Bill Keller, knew few details about Ms. Miller's conversations with her confidential source other than his name. They did not review Ms. Miller's notes. Mr. Keller said he learned about the "Valerie Flame" notation only this month. Mr. Sulzberger was told about it by Times reporters on Thursday.
Interviews show that the paper's leaders, in taking what they considered to be a principled stand, ultimately left the major decisions in the case up to Ms. Miller, an intrepid reporter whom editors found hard to control.
"This car had her hand on the wheel because she was the one at risk," Mr. Sulzberger said.
Haha. Into the ditch and arrested for drunk reporting by the cops! And so Sugar Daddy Sulzberger bails his moll out, runs around trying to intimidate the prosecutor, attacking the drunk reporting laws, acting pretty much like papa Bush trying to pull Jr. out of the grip of the law again and again.
Birds of a feather, these drunks are!
So, just remember, the NYT is owned by a total idiot who gives the front page to run amok reporters. Great going, Arthur. Why don't you hire 6' tall talking rabbits instead? And give Jeeves your car keys.
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