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[Video] Judith Miller Is Doing the Talk Show Rounds trying to Make Us Forget Her Iraq Mistakes

Judith Miller Continues Her Book Tour, But really She’s Trying to Get Her reputation Back

Judith Miller by Ben P L from Provo, Wikipedia

Judith Miller by Ben P L from Provo/ Wikipedia

Judith Miller is continuing on her book tour / campaign to rehabilitate her reputation. Last night she dropped by The Daily Show.

Her new book is called The Story: A Reporter’s Journey. In it she talks about her career and how she spent a record amount of time in jail on contempt charges for refusing to reveal a source.

Miller, whose father was Jewish, is best remembered – or despised depending on your point of view – for having bought all of the information the Bush Administration provided her back in the run up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. She reported on all of its claims as to Iraq having had a weapons of mass destruction program.

She was later fired by the New York Times because she was believed to have not done her homework and taken the Bush Administration at its word. She recently made waves by sarcastically writing that she single handedly was responsible for the invasion of Iraq and for saying that all of the U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Iraq had WMDs. The last part is hotly disputed.

Last Friday night she butted heads with Bill Maher who challenged the writer on her claims.

Last week Miller was a guest of Chris Hayes on MSNBC. When asked about her Iraq reporting she said, “I don’t feel guilty. I feel that, as a reporter, I did the very best job I could to disclose to the American people some of the intelligence information that the president and the former vice president got that helped them form their decision to go to war.”

When Hayes pressed, “But you don’t feel that you played some role in bringing that about? You genuinely don’t think that?”

Miller replied, “No, I don’t think so.”

Jon Stewart took a similar tack with Miller last night. He opened by saying, “I believe that you helped the administration take us to, like, the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we’ve made in, like, 100 years, But you seem lovely.”

Miller defended herself saying, “That’s why I wrote the book. I hoped that people like you would read it and determine that it was really, really hard to do this kind of reporting.”

“I wasn’t alone, I had lots and lots of company. The intelligent sources we were talking to had never been wrong before, ” she added.

When asked directly by Stewart if she felt that she had been manipulated, Miller answered, “All journalists are manipulated and all politicians lie — they all try and spin.”

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  1. EricsLC

    May 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    For the record, explanation of the law and policy, fact basis for Operation Iraqi Freedom:

    Excerpt: “The condition overlooked in the discourse on OIF is the intelligence could be off the mark and Saddam could be guilty of the material breach that triggered enforcement at the same time because the “governing standard of Iraqi compliance” (UNSCR 1441) was set by the UNSC resolutions, not the intelligence. UNSCOM and UNMOVIC tested Iraq’s compliance according to UNSCR 687, not the intelligence. Iraq failed to prove to the UNSCR 1441 inspections that Saddam was compliant and disarmed to the standard mandated by UNSCR 687 and related resolutions. Then, notwithstanding the shortcomings in the pre-war intelligence, “ISG judge[d] that Iraq failed to comply with UNSCRs” (Duelfer Report).”

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