Wednesday, October 19, 2005

An exchange of words at The Times

Here's a rumor from the NYDaily News:

The New York Times gave Judith Miller 3,454 words in Sunday's paper to defend her actions in the Valerie Plame affair. But we hear Miller didn't appreciate the scourging she got in an accompanying 5,805-word analysis of "The Miller Case." We're told that colleagues heard Miller and executive editor Bill Keller screaming at each other in the hours before the story went to bed. (A Times spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Miller and Keller had traded words.)
Miller is said to have implored Keller to tone down the piece's criticism of her. Nevertheless, it reported that she was "a divisive figure," and that in 2003 Keller told her she could no longer cover Iraq and weapons issues because her reporting about Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction was so far off the mark.
Whatever her sins, Miller got a standing ovation from more than half the crowd yesterday when she received the First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in Las Vegas. Miller, who once dubbed herself "Miss Run Amok" because "I can do whatever I want," is due to testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a federal shield law.


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