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Plamegate Redux

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It continues to get deep. Arianna Huffington has another great piece about the role played by Judy Miller, here.

A well-connected media source e-mailed to say that the most interesting development on the Miller story is coming from inside the Times: “I gather that Doug Jehl, who is a dogged and respected reporter, has been assigned to do an in-house investigative report for the Times and that he is already cutting pretty close to the bone. Several editors he has spoken to are now asking themselves why there wasn’t more questioning of whether Miller’s silence reflects a fear of incriminating herself rather than betraying a source. I predict this will start to unravel in the next couple of weeks — if only because the Times is afraid of getting scooped again by outside rivals.”

And the American Prospect has a piece that is focused on an early meeting between Judy Miller and the original suspect, Scooter Libby.

The new disclosure that Miller and Libby met on July 8, 2003, raises questions regarding claims by President Bush that he and everyone in his administration have done everything possible to assist Fitzgerald’s grand-jury probe. Sources close to the investigation, and private attorneys representing clients embroiled in the federal probe, said that Libby’s failure to produce a personal waiver may have played a significant role in Miller’s decision not to testify…

The media’s treament of Judith Miller is interesting…all of the glowing tributes as she went to jail seem to have faded, now that people have decided to remember that she is a discredited, right-wing hack whose stories are often manufactured out of nothing. I think the point in the Huffington post is right–someone wants to out her, and the Times would be much better served doing it themselves, though it would have been better to have fired her after she led the nation to war.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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