Howard Kurtz has an interesting column in the
Washington Post today where he has examined the response of the blogosphere
to Judith Miller's story.
While questions are being asked around the internet about her security
clearance that she received from the Department of Defense (see this article at
Poynter Online by
former CBS correspondent Bill Lynch), there is also mounting questions
being raised over her true integrity has a journalist. One part of Kurtz's
column raises that question even more where he talks about a former contract
writer for the New York Times, Craig Pyes, who worked with Miller on a story
about Al Qaeda in 2000. Pyes was so disgruntled with the work of Miller that he
actually wrote the editors and asked his name not appear on the byline.
"I'm not willing to work further on this project with Judy Miller," wrote
Pyes, who now writes for the Los Angeles Times. He added: "I do not trust
her work, her judgment, or her conduct. She is an advocate, and her actions
threaten the integrity of the enterprise, and of everyone who works with her
. . . She has turned in a draft of a story of a collective enterprise that
is little more than dictation from government sources over several days,
filled with unproven assertions and factual inaccuracies," and "tried to
stampede it into the paper."