Does anyone really like Judy Miller?
Well, my husband is having a good time.
The NYTimes' Divide on Miller
Wed Jul 27th, 2005 at 19:00:55 PDT
Not everyone in the Times building is on the same page when it comes to Judy Miller. The official story the paper is sticking to is that Miller is a heroic martyr, sacrificing her freedom in the name of journalistic integrity. Oh, but this is only half the story.
But a very different scenario is being floated in the halls. Here it is: It's July 6, 2003, and Joe Wilson's now famous op-ed piece appears in the Times, raising the idea that the Bush administration has "manipulate[d]" and "twisted" intelligence "to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." Miller, who has been pushing this manipulated, twisted, and exaggerated intel in the Times for months, goes ballistic. . . So she calls her friends in the intelligence community and asks, Who is this guy? She finds out he's married to a CIA agent. She then passes on the info about Mrs. Wilson to Scooter Libby (Newsday has identified a meeting Miller had on July 8 in Washington with an "unnamed government official"). Maybe Miller tells Rove too -- or Libby does. The White House hatchet men turn around and tell Novak and Cooper. The story gets out.
This is why Miller doesn't want to reveal her "source" at the White House -- because she was the source. . . [I]n this scenario, Miller certainly wasn't an innocent writer caught up in the whirl of history. She had a starring role in it. This also explains why Miller never wrote a story about Plame, because her goal wasn't to write a story, but to get out the story that cast doubts on Wilson's motives. Which Novak did.
While reporter sits in jail,hubby sets sail
Famed editor Jason Epstein, husband of jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller, has lately been making himself scarce at the federal facility in Virginia where his wife has been incarcerated for the past three weeks.
Miller has been married to Epstein - who was the longtime editorial director at Random House and a founder of the New York Review of Books - since 1993. She chose contempt of court and imprisonment over revealing her sources to the independent counsel in the CIA-Karl Rove-Robert Novak leak brouhaha.
And Epstein's choice?
In a frothy social column yesterday about a celeb-glutted Mediterranean cruise, featuring everyone from Isabella Rossellini to J.K. Rowling aboard the ocean liner Silver Shadow, the New York Sun's A.L. Gordon revealed:
"One passenger with his mind soberly on home is the literary icon Jason Epstein. ... Ms. Miller would have been on the cruise had she not gone to jail."
His wife's in the slammer and he cruises the Med?
"We all serve our time in our own way," quipped Miller's attorney Robert Bennett.
My pal Christopher Buckley, comic novelist and editor of Forbes FYI, imagined what Epstein might have said to Miller prior to his departure.
"Darling, I'm sure it's not going to be a very nice cruise. I hear they don't even have beluga caviar, just a slightly inferior grade of osetra, and I'm sure the Champagne will be, well, not too warm exactly, but probably not as chilled as I normally like it. And I'm sure people will get seasick and there won't be anyone interesting to talk to, nor any beautiful unattached women.
"Darling, I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself even if it were a nice cruise. While I'm dining on foie gras, I will be thinking only of you, sitting behind bars in 110-degree heat, eating baloney and being brutalized by prison matrons."
Epstein, said to be somewhere in Spain, couldn't be reached yesterday.
But for the record, Bennett told me that Epstein "was very reluctant to go, but Judy wanted him to go very much. She insisted he go, because there was nothing he could do for her during that period of time."
I always though Chris Buckley was funny. Well, he is. Despite the mistress, trick baby and angry wife.
Your wife is in jail, with negroes no less, and you go to Spain. True love.
posted by Steve @ 12:00:00 AM