New York Times: Standing on Principle or spoiling for a high profile fight?
It is a travesty that the only person going to jail didn’t even report on the story that is at the core of the investigation. But for those who have followed Miller’s work, there is poetic justice in her having to defend the same cast of characters who likely fed her all that bogus information about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The Times, in its mea culpa on its reporting about claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, revealed in embarrassing detail the extent to which Miller had relied on questionable sources like the administration-backed Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician with a vested interest in a war to oust Saddam. The Times stood by her, but her reputation was badly damaged. Now that she’s emerged as a symbol of a free and determined press, her career has been rejuvenated and there’s already talk of a book deal and lecture tour when she’s released. Thrust into the forefront of a pivotal media case, Miller is proving a worthy defendant.Don't expect liberal journalists to deviate much from Clift's mythology, even as many of their colleagues have been able to uphold their journalistic integrity while obeying the rule of law.