Then she puts the knife in: "She never knew when to quit. That was her talent and her flaw. Sorely in need of a tight editorial leash, she was kept on no leash at all, and that has hurt this paper and its trust with readers. She more than earned her sobriquet 'Miss Run Amok.' Judy's stories about W.M.D. fit too perfectly with the White House's case for war."Dowd, a former reporter, provides a bit of newsroom grit to make her case against Miller: "It also doesn't seem credible that Judy wouldn't remember a Marvel comics name like 'Valerie Flame.' Nor does it seem credible that she doesn't know how the name got into her notebook and that, as she wrote, she 'did not believe the name came from Mr. Libby.'"
But is Dowd a credible person to decide who and who isn't credible?
Remember her dishonest deletion of a quote by Bush in a column from May 2003, a ham-handed attempt to make him look naïve about the dangers of Al Qaeda.What Dowd said Bush said back then: "Al Qaeda is on the run. That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated...They're not a problem anymore.'"
It’s clear Bush was only talking about the top Al Qaeda operatives that "are either jailed or dead" as being "not a problem anymore" -- not the organization itself. Dowd dishonestly deleted one full sentence and the first three words of the next one to make Bush "say" Al Qaeda was no longer a threat.
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