The Judy Miller case stinks to high heaven. We have Libby’s attorney telling one of the most distinguished constitutional free press lawyers in the country, Floyd Abrams, a full year ago—a full year ago—that she was released from protecting his client. “We were surprised to learn we had anything to do with her incarceration,” is what Libby’s attorney said on Friday!
If Floyd Abrams was told, then surely Bill Keller -- the editor -- was told. And maybe others who came to Judy’s defense on the grounds that she was protecting sources. Maybe she was protecting some source other than Libby. The chief of staff for the Vice President of the United States is not a whistle blower—he’s a hatchet man. He’s the guy trying to destroy Joe Wilson for blowing the whistle on how the administration lied about weapons of mass destruction. And Judy Miller had written one story after another passing on the administration’s lies, which by the way get people killed in Iraq on a daily basis. So false reporting on weapons of mass destruction as an excuse for a war is hardly a minor thing, yet here is Judy Miller, sitting in the room with the people who have all the answers, and all she can think to ask is, “Who sent Joe Wilson?” Who cares who sent Joe Wilson? He was an ambassador, a well-connected expert on the region. So why isn’t she there asking, “Is Joe Wilson right?” Maybe because she’s angry Joe Wilson printed a story in the Op-Ed page of the New York Times that demolished her own lousy reporting.