Saturday, January 8, 2011

Judith Miller: Assange A "Bad Journalist" For Not Verifying Information

Judith Miller, former New York Times reporter, had the chutzpah to criticize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for being a "bad journalist." Assange, according to Miller,"didn't care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out or determine whether or not it hurt anyone."

Miller famously demonstrated her scrupulous journalism with her September 2002 New York Times article, since debunked, suggesting that Saddam Hussein was actively pursuing weapons of mass destruction. She eventually excused herself for not verifying information, stating, "[M]y job isn't to assess the government's information and be an independent intelligence analyst myself. My job is to tell readers of The New York Times what the government thought about Iraq's arsenal."

Regarding whether Assange has "hurt anyone," note that Miller's article backed up the Bush administration narrative leading to the war in Iraq. Fittingly, Miller is now a contributing writer for the right-wing Newsmax and makes appearances on Fox. For more chutzpah, the clip above is from "Fox News Watch," which is "always on the lookout for biased reporting."

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