Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Try the veal

The Canadian Association of Journalists have invited Judith Miller to keynote their annual gathering in Halifax next month. Does this seem odd to anyone else? Yes, it is the same Judith Miller who went to jail to protect a source that didn’t want protecting and apparently told her about a year before she went to jail that she could name him should the federal prosecutor looking into the CIA leak ask. So basically she went to the slammer to increase the number of Google alerts on Judith Miller.

As Jeff Pappone points out:

Her source was Lewis "Scooter" Libby, vice-president Dick "the Hunter" Cheney's top aide who was indicted on five charges: one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements. All are related to the leak of the CIA agent’s name.

In addition, the New York Times has had to apologise to its readers for being a pawn in the Bush administration’s WMD game, mostly because Ms. Miller wrote countless inaccurate stories about Iraq's imaginary weapons programs. The tales of WMDs, chemical weapons, and nuclear programs were based on “reliable information” from people like Ahmad Chalabi and other Iraqi National Congress figures. She never verified the info and reported it as fact.

One can only assume that the CAJ are attempting to sneak in under the avalanche of bad press being generated by the CMAJ - they are only a letter off. Or, maybe some of the journalists are too busy fighting the PMO to think through these decisions.

A full analysis can be found here. A new blog that was pointed out to me which is worth a read.

Journalist Integrity is almost as much of an oxymoron as jumbo shrimp!!
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