Man, I didn't think my opinion of Judith Miller, especially after my blistering attack of her earlier, could get lower.
But all I can say is "Wow!" after reading the much-anticipated article in The New York Tiimes, published today, looking at her role in the mess. A link to that story is here.
She says she received some information from a source other than Karl Rove and Libby Lewis, but cant recall who that source was.
I hear the phrase "I don't remember" in regards to testimony and I think back to Reagan using that to justify his lack of recall regarding Iran Contra.
Now we know maybe that was Alzheimer's.
Did Miller have an explanation for how she can conveniently forget such information?
Let's try for a second to take her story at face value:
- It's coincidence that the name of Valerie Flame (she even got that wrong!) is on the notepad.
- She has another source but she can't recall who it is.
So what if she had a follow-up question she wanted to write or - call me crazy - she wanted to actually write an article? How would she go about that if she didn't even know the source?
Either she knew the source and forgot the name - pretty hard to imagine in a profession whose currency is knowledge, memory and connections - or she's lying, which is perjury.
I'm starting to wonder what she did with her time in jail in between entertaining visting sources (another major no no in my book).
If I was in jail over a story I'd be stewing over what I did right, what I did wrong, what could have gone differently, etc.
What I don't think I would do is avoid determining or "remembering" the identity of such an important source.
Earlier I compared Miller to Jayson Blair in terms of the magnitude of her errors, the Times handling of this and how both need to re-learn their profession.