2005-11-10

Judith Miller verl��t die New York Times

--- Mit der langen Erkl�rungsgeschichte der Times vor kurzem wurden die Spannungen zwischen dem Vorzeigeblatt und seiner gefallenen Star-Reporterin Judith Miller schon mehr als deutlich. Jetzt hat sich das Gespann mehr oder weniger g�tlich getrennt. Die Washington Post hat eine ausf�hrliche Hintergrundgeschichte mit pers�nlichen Stellungnahmen Millers:
For weeks, she'd been in severance talks with the Times. And finally, yesterday, she and her employer of 28 years called it quits. After all, how could she have remained at a newspaper where her boss, Executive Editor Bill Keller, seemed to have called her a liar and added the innuendo of the word "entanglement" to the lexicon of reporter-source relations? Where she's been vilified in print as a "Woman of Mass Destruction"? Where a lot of people think she used her journalism to help the Bush administration's case for war? Where colleagues were outraged to hear accusations that she abused her embedded status with an Army unit searching for those fabled weapons of mass destruction? Well, Miller had -- before her resignation -- some pointed, mocking words for her many critics. "I am so powerful and influential that I take over Army divisions? I run the New York Times newsroom single-handedly? And now I take the country to war? Wow! That must be one heck of a reporter. I've heard of pushy broads, but this brings the pushy broad to a new level." She is celebrated and scorned, both famous and infamous. A dogged reporter, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of four books, expert on terrorism, confidante of powerful government sources through several White House administrations -- and yet Miller's credibility came to rest on a single question: Does she tell the truth?
Das bringt die Tragik des Fall Millers wohl auf den Punkt. Judys Abschiedsbrief ist auf ihrer Website ver�ffentlicht. Anderen w�re es aber lieber, wenn sie in der Plame-CIA-Irak-Aff�re gleich mit angeklagt w�rde. Auf einen interessanten Umstand macht die Washington Post in einem anderen Artikel zum Thema noch aufmerksam. Demnach soll bei den Demokraten der R�ckzug aus dem Irak anscheinend ganz noch oben auf die politische Agenda:
I have obtained -- from sources I cannot identify, although none of them are former Hill staffers -- an advance copy of an editorial to be published in the Nation. The liberal magazine is serving notice on politicians, and while it doesn't move many votes, this could amount to a leading cultural indicator. "The war has also become the single greatest threat to our national security. Its human and economic costs are running out of control, with no end in sight. It has driven America's reputation in the world to a historic low point. . . . "The Nation therefore takes the following stand: We will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a major issue of his or her campaign. We urge all voters to join us in adopting this position. Many worry that the aftermath of withdrawal will be ugly, and there is good reason to think they are right. But we can now see that the consequences of staying will be uglier still.
Die Times selbst hat inzwischen anscheinend eines der ersten Fotos von einem gefallenen US-Soldaten im Irak in einem US-Massenmedium ver�ffentlicht.

Und sonst: Schily blamiert sich schwer mit dem Luftsicherheitsgesetz und der Abschussgenehmigung f�r Passagierflugzeuge in Karlsruhe.

Schwere Terror-Anschl�ge im Nahen Osten: Mindestens 60 Tote bei drei Selbstmordattentaten in Jordanien -- Sarkawi wills gewesen sein. Und inzwischen hat es auch wieder kr�ftig im Irak geknallt: 45 Tote bei Anschl�gen auf Sicherheitskr�fte im Irak.

Nicht zu vergessen: Bush hat den gestrigen Tag des Mauerfalls grad mal zum
"Weltfreiheitstag" (World Freedom Day) gemacht.

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