Thursday, November 10, 2005

Can't get enough of that Judith Miller

The Reporter's Last Take

Oh, what a tangled web.

Adam Clymer, retired political correspondent for the Times, recalls an episode during the 1988 presidential campaign, when [Judith] Miller was deputy Washington bureau chief.

Then the political editor based in New York, Clymer was awakened just after midnight one morning by a call from Miller, he says. She was demanding that a story about Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis be pulled from the paper.

The story was too soft, she complained -- and said Lee Atwater, the political strategist for Vice President George H.W. Bush, believed it was soft as well. Clymer said he was stunned to realize that Atwater apparently had either seen the story or been told about it before publication. He and Miller argued, he recalls, and he ultimately hung up on her,twice.

I believe that in 2000, Bush and Cheney referred to Clymer as a swell fella ... no wait, that wasn't it. What was it ... oh, yes. A "major league asshole."

A tangled web.


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