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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 10/2005

Libby's Letter to Miller: I Miss Your Reporting

| Posted 10.01.2005 | Politics
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Today's must-read is the exchange of letters between Libby, Miller, their lawyers and Fitzgerald, available on the New York Times site here. Here are the money quotes from Libby’s letter urging Miller, among other things, to apply her exemplary reporting skills to Iranian nukes!

And read about the Times' new definition of "hounding" here.

Hounding

| Posted 10.01.2005 | Politics
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In this morning's Pravda-like New York Times editorial, there are many lines to keep "The Daily Show" writers happy for days, but here is one that's p...

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.02.2005 | Politics
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This was not a good week for the GOP: DeLay indicted, Frist investigated, Abu Ghraib back in the headlines, Brownie's deer-in-the-headlights testimony, and Judy Miller, the Shirley MacLaine of the neo-con Rat Pack, reminding everyone that Plamegate Blvd runs right through the White House. Check out some of the best of this week's blogs below, plus posts by Karen Russell, Paul Rieckhoff, Michael Shaw, and Stephen Elliot. And don't miss Chelsea Peretti's hilarious "edite," and Bill Diamond's run of funny photoblogging here, here and here. And here's my latest on Miller: Sunday's New York Times: Orwell's Memory Hole 11:18 a.m. "The Vice President's Office: The Emotional and Intellectual Force Pushing the U.S. to War" 1:50 p.m. Meet Who Again? 5:05 p.m. Was Miller Trying To Cut a Deal a Year Ago? 7:10 p.m.

Sunday's New York Times: Orwell's Memory Hole

| Posted 10.02.2005 | Politics
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Today, Sunday, there is not a single mention of Judy Miller in the entire New York Times (except a correction about a July 2003 Miller article on WMD ...

"The Vice President's Office: The Emotional and Intellectual Force Pushing the U.S. to War"

| Posted 10.02.2005 | Politics
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Here's the money quote from this morning's article by Jim VandeHei and Walter Pincus in the Washington Post: The Niger claim was central to the White...

Russert Watch: Meet Who Again?

| Posted 10.02.2005 | Politics
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On Sunday's Meet the Press -- even more than usual -- it was not the questions Russert asked but the questions he didn't that revealed the most. Because what was missing from Meet the Press was, well, the press. Specifically, Judy Miller and the New York Times. There wasn't a single mention of either during the roundtable of journalists discussing the week's news. Why was Tim so shy about bringing them up? Because of his own role in Plamegate? Or because his first loyalty is to the establishment of which the New York Times is a part rather than to the truth and to the public?

Was Miller Trying To Cut a Deal a Year Ago?

| Posted 10.02.2005 | Huffington Post

This morning on CNN's Reliable Sources, Floyd Abrams told Howard Kurtz: "I tried to get a deal a year ago. I spoke to Mr. Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, ...

Making Faux Martyrdom Pay: Judy Miller Lands a Book Deal

| Posted 10.03.2005 | Politics
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Crunching the Numbers: $1.2 million seems like an awful lot of money to pay a journalist with an iffy reputation whose cause never really became very celebre. A publishing insider crunched the numbers for me: "In order to recoup that kind of advance," the insider told me, "they'd have to sell 300,000 copies at $27 a book. Ain't gonna happen..."

The Scooter-Judy Liaison Dangereuse

| Posted 10.04.2005 | Politics
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The Times once promised "to continue aggressive reporting aimed at setting the record straight" about the paper's coverage of the Iraq WMD story. But will any of its reporters actually take up that challenge and dig deeper into what went on between Miller and Libby?

Judy Miller, Anderson Cooper, and Me: The Truth About Book Deals

| Posted 10.04.2005 | Huffington Post

Is there ever going to be anything clear, honest, and direct involving Judy Miller? After the Huffington Post inconveniently broke the story about Miller’s $1.2 million book deal with Simon & Schuster yesterday -- just as she was about to address her already skeptical colleagues at the Times -- Team Miller went into damage control mode...

The Deli Defense, Pt. 2: Please, Please Can the Ham

| Posted 10.05.2005 | Politics
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Proof Positive That Aaron Brown Doesn't Read the Huffington Post: Despite our plea to retire the Deli Defense, there was Brown last night, prefacing a question to the foreman of the Texas grand jury that indicted Tom DeLay by dragging out the moldy metaphor: "There's an old saying that a good prosecutor, perhaps even a bad one, can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich." What's the problem Aaron, didn't we give you enough menu options?

"Progress" in Iraq: Do the Numbers Add Up?

| Posted 10.05.2005 | Politics
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The president declared last week that Iraqi security forces had "more than 100 battalions operating throughout the country". Then two Generals told Congress that just one of them was able to take on the insurgents on its own.

Judy Miller Roundup

| Posted 10.05.2005 | Politics
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The blogosphere is buzzing about the spectacle of Judy Miller on Lou Dobbs, and Judy Miller in general: TalkLeft looks at the legal implications Fi...

Waiver on Through

| Posted 10.05.2005 | Politics
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From what Dobson told the New York Times, it sounds like the information about Miers was given in confidence, so maybe he feels he can't break his promise not to tell. So here's my proposal to make things easier: since they're all the rage these days, the White House should grant a waiver of confidentiality to Dobson to put him more "at liberty" to share with the rest of us, and with the Senate, what information made him come to like Ms. Miers so much.

Memo to the Times: Don't Make the Same Mistakes with Judy Miller You Made with Jayson Blair

| Posted 10.07.2005 | Huffington Post

Having the specter of Jayson Blair hovering over the Times newsroom wouldn’t be such a bad thing as the paper prepares to publish its big explanatory Judy Miller piece. The message couldn’t be any clearer: Don’t make the same mistakes! In the end, the truth will out and the other shoe will eventually drop -- ask Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd. And catch up on the latest Plamegate news on our Judy Miller Roundup.

Judy Miller Roundup

| Posted 10.07.2005 | Politics
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As the Plamegate story heats up -- more Rove ! more Miller! -- the blogosphere is on full alert: Talking Points: Miller, Libby and the "department...

Bush on Terror Plots: More Numbers that Don't Add Up

| Posted 10.07.2005 | Politics
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Looking to bring back the Fear Factor that worked so well in the 2004 campaign, the president boldly declared that the U.S. and its partners "have disrupted at least ten serious al-Qaida plots since September 11 -- including three al-Qaida plots to attack inside the United States." Holy Moly -- that sounds impressive… and effective… and scary. That is, until the details of exactly which "serious" plots the president was referring to came out…

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 10.09.2005 | Politics
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This week was all about close relationships. Bush and Harriet Miers. Judy Miller and Scooter Libby. Karl Rove and Patrick Fitzgerald (getting closer all the time). At the other end of the spectrum is the president’s increasingly distant relationship with reality, particularly when it comes to Iraq. Check out some of the best of this week's blogs below, plus posts by Stephen Elliott, Robert George, Paul Reickhoff, and Van Jones. And Danielle Crittenden, Christie Hefner, Max Blumenthal, Robert Schlesinger, Justin Frank, Geoff Stone and David Sirota sounding off on Miers.

Russert Watch: Meet the Press Running on Fumes

| Posted 10.09.2005 | Politics
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If you thought President Bush's second term was running out of gas, you should have watched Meet the Press Sunday. This, my friends, is what running out of gas looks like. Judging by Tim's questions, the biggest issue facing our country right now -- a country currently at war, a country about to undergo an unprecedented rebuilding effort, a country with historic levels of debt, a country with an administration that's imploding from its own hubris, incompetence, and cronyism -- is what "the fallout" will be on the 2006 election.

Clueless in Phoenix

| Posted 10.10.2005 | Politics
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For the all-time example of a man whistling past the graveyard, check out Bill Keller’s jaw dropping comments this past Friday at the Association of National Advertisers conference in Phoenix. Keller must have downed a double dose of the Times Kool-Aid before taking the stage... I have only one question, come next year’s Association of National Advertisers conference will the Times masthead still read the way it reads today?

Is Judy Miller Cooperating With Fitzgerald But Not the Times?

| Posted 10.11.2005 | Entertainment
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Contrary to the memo Bill Keller sent to the Times newsroom this afternoon, which leaves the impression that Judy is cooperating with the Times’ internal investigation into her role in Plamegate, I hear from my Times sources that her cooperation has been perfunctory -- and that even before she had been called back to meet with Fitzgerald she had refused to talk about her grand jury testimony...

2008: Will Al Gore Be the Anti-Hillary?

| Posted 10.12.2005 | Politics
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The idea of Gore vs Hillary in 2008 certainly presents a wealth of delicious story lines: The former Number 2 running against the wife of Number 1. Gore as "the new New Nixon". Automaton Al remaking himself as progressive firebrand...

Judy Miller Meets the Grand Jury: Take Two

| Posted 10.12.2005 | Politics
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What a difference 11 days -- and a suddenly discovered set of notes -- can make. After her first grand jury appearance, Judy Miller preened for the cameras triumphantly and talked about going to jail for her principles. There were no such remarks after today’s appearance. Indeed, exiting the courthouse after her testimony, neither Miller nor Bob Bennett had anything to say.

UPDATE: Judge Lifts Contempt of Court Citation for Miller. The Times is now free to give its readers, as Bill Keller has promised, “the most thorough story we can.”

Catch-22 at the New York Times

| Posted 10.13.2005 | Politics
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Rarely has so much been riding on a single article. But the Times finds itself facing a vexing Catch-22. In order to quell the rising newsroom rebellion, it needs to produce an article that tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what Bill Keller called Miller's "entanglement with the White House leak investigation." But how can it do that without going against its own unwavering editorial line in support of Miller?

The Times' Public Editor: Now Is the Time

| Posted 10.14.2005 | Huffington Post

You have to feel for Barney Calame. As the public editor it's his job to evaluate for Times readers the way the Times has been handling the Miller matter -- but he's found himself hamstrung by the cone of silence that has descended over West 43rd. The regret clings to his new posting like cheap cologne.