Judy Miller: Media Should Have Stuck Together on Libby Subpoenas

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By: E&P Staff

Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter who went to jail for almost three months in 2005 when she chose not to name Lewis “Scooter” Libby as a source, said Friday the media failed a major test when reporters and news outlets ultimately gave in to subpoenas from prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. News & World Report relates.

“Had the press hung together,” Miller said, the damage done to the media during the Plame/CIA leak probe, would have been reduced.

The magazine continues: “Miller, speaking at the National Press Club during a media forum, blamed the nation’s deep political divisions for making news organizations wary of fighting the orders to testify. ‘These are very difficult times,’ said Miller, noting that there are at least 70 active subpoenas of journalists….[This is] when solidarity really counts,’ she said.

“Miller, who had become a lightning rod for complaints about faulty pre-war reporting on weapons of mass destruction, also told those at the forum, sponsored by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, that the New York Times has spent $2 million defending her in three separate cases–including the Libby case–in which she or her notes and phone records had been subpoenaed.”

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