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War, Peace, and the Mass Media
 
Friday, March 25, 2005  
The Information We Are Given
The reporter who made the strongest case for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq comes to Berkeley and -- strangely -- gets a free pass


BY JUSTIN BERTON
East Bay Express
Mar 23, 2005

Blog editor's note: A friend was in the audience for Miller's conversation with Bergman and he gave essentially the same account of the affair as the East Bay Express. As an alumnus of U.C.'s Graduate School of Journalism, and someone who has closely studied the question of Miller's performance in both wars with Iraq, including participation with her on a Rome conference panel in 1991, I'm mystified and disturbed by the kid glove treatment she received at what is reputed to be one of the premier schools of journalism.


Most nights, the library inside UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is as cozy and quiet as a cabin. But one evening last week, caterers transformed the room into a cocktail lounge, complete with spreads of tiny turkey canap├ęs, plastic cups of white and red wine, and plates of fruit wedges.

Still, only about a dozen people showed up for the guest of honor.

"This is Judy Miller," an organizer said as she introduced the reporter, who was rail-thin beneath her turtleneck and leather jacket. "As you know, she does investigative work for the Times."

Judith Miller currently occupies a bipolar status among her peers. She has been vilified as an unquestioning publicist of the Bush administration's bogus arguments about so-called "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, which she parroted on the front page of The New York Times during the run-up to the war. Her critics view that as enough to make her an accessory to the administration, an honor she has steadfastly declined. But more recently, and at the entirely opposite end of the political spectrum, Miller also has been pilloried by the very same administration for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in a separate case that could unearth some of her confidential sources. Going to prison to protect a source is perhaps the closest a contemporary journalist can get to martyrdom.

To read the full text, see East Bay Express.com

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