The Times' Crackup

Terrific editorial in the New York Sun on the crackup at the Times.

You should read the entire piece, but here’s the concluding paragraph:

Who has been the better journalist – Judith Miller or those attacking her in her own paper’s pages? Ms. Miller was sounding the alarm about the Iraqi threat and working her sources and fighting not to get beat. Ms. [Maureen] Dowd was parroting unsubstantiated smears, and Mr. [Joe] Wilson was falsely downplaying Iraq’s effort to obtain weapons of mass destruction, without disclosing to Times readers his wife’s institutional interests. And huge numbers of Times reporters have been complaining about her to competing news companies. To which we can only say that if Ms. Miller is to be run out of the Times in favor of Ms. Dowd and Mr. Wilson and those who believe, falsely, that the Iraq war was all just an elaborate con job by Mr. [Ahmad] Chalabi and his neoconservative allies – well, then the Times is in even worse straits than we thought.

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