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Nobody understands the Miller/Libby connection. Nobody understands why Miller spent 45 days. Unless the NYT can prove wrongdoing on Miller's part, how can it justify firing her for deviating from the ideology of the paper?

What is clear is that, if Maureen Dowd doesn't want someone to work for the New York Times, then that someone will lose their job. The real mystery, though, is how Maureen Dowd keeps her job.

On the whole, journalists are not very bright. They usually performed poorly at university, which is why they ended up in J school. Many of the leading bloggers, by contrast, are extremely sharp and analytical, trained in the scientific method, and successful in rigorous disciplines. Journalists usually have none of these positive attributes.

What a hoot. MoDo got a spread in last weeks's NYT Sunday Mag. Tight-fitting black dress, fishnet stockings, fuck-me red leather high heels. She has a new book out "Are Men Necessary?" Boittom line: I can't get a date because of feminism.

Her column re: Judith Miller was greeted with the contempt it deserved - jockying for position in an institution that is failing (NYT).

J. Miller - she will never work in this town again.
Welcome to Washington.

Euros, please, start worry about your own problems, and leave our President alone. We are perfectly happy with him no matter what the leftists say. Because we know he will only be in the big house for 3 more years. If our president did what the French president was documented to have done, or was as incompetent as the former German prime minister was, he would have been gone in a jiffy. If our cities burnt like the French cities, our president would have to apologize to the American people not to the rioters for being incompetent. Yet, the Euros are obsessed with criticizing us while their countries go to hell. BTW, most of the things that you heard about the Katrina catastrophe were not true. The New Orleans cops did not AWOL, those missing cops were "phantom cops" created by a very corrupt city govt to get federal funding, there was no raping of young girls, no shooting of rescuers. Among the dead, 47% were white, 42% black, so don't believe it that we left the blacks to die. As a matter of fact we are thankful that there were less than a thousand deaths in a city of more than 500,000 residents. That is why we Americans feel pretty good about ourselves. To those ankle biting Euros I would say: please, for Allah's sake, shape up, we are not going to save you from yourselves again.

Because we know he will only be in the big house for 3 more years. If our president did what the French president was documented to have done,

He would be in the other big house.

@PacRim Jim

It's not just journalists. German academics generally seem to consider the NY Times to be a pro-Bush newspaper. Whenever I hear German academics discuss an anti-Bush article in the NY Times, the discussion is usually preceeded by "Even the New York Times says..." And the people I am talking about are well-educated, intelligent and generally decent human beings. They simply seem to have a very low resistance to Bush Derangement Syndrom.

Wow, are even the paid propagandists at Fox News turning against President Bush? Their latest poll numbers put his approval rating at 36%. Dear Leader seems to be in a free-fall.

@beimami

I got a similar "misunderstanding" from a German colleague of mine who asserted that Bush enjoys much support from such right-leaning newspapers as the NYT. He grew quite when I explained to him that the NYT was rather left leaning...

@Vic

Hmm, have you no insight to add to the last 6 weeks of no leadership in Germany?

Vic never ceases to amaze me. He has an innate talent to absolutely never say anything relevant. Quite a performance. From his style, or lack thereof, I suppose he is young. This is not an offensive remark (youth isn't a sinn). It's just that children should play only with toys when they are young. Every child wants to "grow up" and do things, but this takes time. In the meantime, a little bit restraint, Vic, might even make you look wiser, more grown-up.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water... Vic appears with yet another meaningless poll (are there any other kind? Except the actual elections, I mean?) that seems to support his BDS-coloured view of the world. Thanks, Vic, for another absolutely worthless statistic. Now, have you actually got anything intelligent to contribute?
BTW, according to recent polls, when asked about which direction Germany should go with the new coalition government, respondents overwhelmingly preferred Chocolate Eclairs.

@Vic,

Hey I wonder what Saddam's approval ratings were when he was still in power.. probably pretty close to 100 percent approval I would say. And he is gone and the Shrub bush is still in power..
there is no justice, eh?
I'm with Scout, the only relevant poll was in November 2004. Unless Bush wants to rule like Bill Clinton, constantly testing the waters and only concerned about his 'legacy'. Regardless of what you think about Iraq and Bush, at least he isn't only concerned with image.. and I do say ONLY.. obviously every politician has PR motives, but Bush doesnt hold a candle to Clinton.

German mainstream media consumers are lured into the illusion that the Grey Lady had a similiar role as an issue-shaping lead medium as Der Spiegel has here:

Cooperative agreement between SPIEGEL ONLINE and the "New York Times"

SPIEGEL ONLINE and the online version of the "New York Times" offer their readers a special service. Approximately twice a week, you can read selected analyses and commentary from the "New York Times" on SPIEGEL ONLINE. In return, our colleagues in New York will publish selected and translated articles from DER SPIEGEL on their website each week.

See? Two equal pillars on both sides of the pond. /sarc

@Vic - Better hope that your Dear Leader is prevented from selling more long range ballistic missile designs to the mad Mullahs. You don't really want to be wiped off the map.

I don't understand why you keep referring to the centrist (but very pro CDDU, anti SPD) papers of Springer as "conservative".

Interview: Dagmar von Taube
"Bin ich Madonna?"
Judith Miller, Reporterin der "New York Times", ging zum Schutz eines Informanten in Beugehaft. Im ersten Interview mit einer Zeitung berichtet sie von ihrem Fall

Artikel erschienen am 13. November 2005 in Welt am Sonntag

Miller: ... Ich habe die beste Arbeit geliefert, die ich leisten konnte - aus den mir zur Verfügung stehenden Informationen. Mir ist passiert, was jedem Journalisten passieren kann: Wenn sich Ihre Quellen irren, dann irren Sie sich mit. Und ich bin wirklich zu allen gegangen! Habe Waffenexperten gefragt: "Glaubt Ihr das? Stimmt das? Oder haltet ihr das für Übertreibung?" Tja, - und wenn sich die Informationen überall decken, dann schreiben Sie.


Waren Sie sich über die Tragweite bewußt? Schließlich basierte der Irak-Krieg auf der fragwürdigen Annahme, Saddam Hussein besitze Massenvernichtungswaffen.


Miller: Ich wollte ja skeptische Stimmen in die Zeitung bringen. Das Problem war: Es gab keine, oder ich konnte keine finden. Vielleicht hätte ich mir noch mehr Mühe geben sollen, diese Leute zu finden. Aber Waffenexperten aller Couleur waren überzeugt, daß Hussein chemische und biologische Waffen hat und ein Atomwaffenprogramm betreibt. Auch Deutschland hat das geglaubt. Worüber man stritt, war ja nicht die Frage, ob Saddam Massenvernichtungswaffen hat, sondern ob das ausreichende Gründe für einen Krieg darstellt. Über diese Debatte habe ich nie geschrieben.


Moment mal, Sie haben eine Lüge unterstützt.


Miller: George W. Bush wäre in den Krieg gezogen, egal was Judy Miller gesagt oder geschrieben hätte. Glauben Sie ernsthaft, ich hätte das Land in den Krieg gestürzt? Das ist doch lächerlich. Die "New York Times" hat den Krieg unterstützt, so wie die meisten Zeitungen Amerikas. Ich war es nicht, die den Krieg im Irak verursacht hat. Die Leute, die das behaupten, sind ideologisch verfärbt oder wirklich dumm.


Machen Sie sich Vorwürfe?


Miller: Die richtige Reaktion auf unsere Falschberichte wäre damals gewesen, systematisch zu untersuchen, welche Quellen falsche Informationen übermittelt haben - und warum? Und bei aller Bescheidenheit, da hätte man mich zu Wort kommen lassen müssen. Aber ich durfte ja nicht mehr über das Thema schreiben. Da hat die "New York Times" versagt.


Und was werfen Sie sich selbst vor?


Miller: Den Einschätzungen der Geheimdienste zu sehr vertraut zu haben. Natürlich war es schlimm, als man mir mangelnde Prüfung vorwarf. Mir, der einzigen Reporterin im Irak, die Truppen auf der Suche nach Massenvernichtungswaffen begleitet hat! Ein Tag nach dem anderen war erfolglos. Dann fanden wir einen Wissenschaftler, eine nach wie vor umstrittene Gestalt. Der sagte: "Ja, ich war an dem Chemie-Waffenprogramm beteiligt und Tage vor dem Krieg war ich Zeuge, wie Waffen zerstört wurden." Das war natürlich ein Durchbruch, fanden wir damals."

http://www.wams.de/data/2005/11/13/803057.html

Die Interviewerin vTaube gebraucht das Wort LÜGE als Tatsache. Ist mir gar nicht bekannt, daß man Bush der Lüge überführt hat, oder ist es mittlerweile ausreichend, die Position eines Ted Kennedy als von Natur aus wahr zu unterstellen?

It is good to see VIC continues to drink that moonbat kool aide.

It is always refreshing to see the results it has on him.

I wrote above: "... role as an issue-shaping lead medium as Der Spiegel has here"

Looks like I can correct this pessimistic estimation. Just this week, Der Spiegel went into full-fledged denial mode when the daughter of their larger-than-life founder complained that the weekly had lost that role:

"Man kann von dem Chefredakteur des Spiegel halten, was man will. Die Berufsbeschreibung des Chefredakteurs und die des Heiligen decken sich nicht. Ein objektiver Befund ist aber, dass unter der Ägide des jetzigen Spiegel-Chefredakteurs das Blatt seinen Platz als Leitmedium verloren hat."

It's high time.

@Franzis: It's high time, you're right. The only problem is, what takes its place? Stern? SZ? Die Zeit? Rundschau? TAZ? Or God forbid, ARD?

For objectivity about the US, they are all in a race for last place. There's a Hobson's choice if I've ever seen one.

@Scout - If nobody else takes the place, Google News will own it by default.

Der Spiegel achieved its lead role in 1962 when it collided with renegade Nazi politician Franz J. Strauß and the police raided journalists and offices. This autumn, a newcomer, Cicero, collided with renegade Baader-Meinhof politician Otto Schily and the police raided journalists and offices. In both cases the conflict was over national security, then considering the Soviets now the Iranians. Cicero might be a fine candidate to win over the lead role.

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