Thursday, October 23, 2008

BuzzFlash's Media Putz Of The Week

The folks at BuzzFlash check in today with their Media Putz of the week, "for reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism, and for being beholden to corporate paymasters rather than the citizens of America."

This week, the award goes to Judith Miller who after her long, proud history of such stellar reporting as pimping (with no proof) George W. Bush's WMD claims, has landed a new job in a place that will welcome her with open arms… Fox News.

Here's BuzzFlash:
There are ideal matches: peanut butter and jelly, donuts and apple cider, bacon and well, everything.

Now we have Judith Miller and FOX "News" Channel. Miller has been hired on as an on-air analyst and she will write stories for Fox's Web site.

FOX "News" is very excited to have her.

"She has a very impressive résumé," says Senior Vice President John Moody. "We've all had stories that didn't come out exactly as we had hoped. It's certainly something she's going to be associated with for all time, and there's not much anyone can do about that, but we want to make use of the tremendous expertise she brings on a lot of other issues. . . . She has explained herself and she has nothing to apologize for."

That résumé, of course, is tarnished by her stories on the search for Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction that weren't true. On April 22, 2003, she told PBS's Newshour that WMD had already been found in Iraq: "Well, I think they found something more than a 'smoking gun.'"

And her hiding of information when Scooter Libby was working to out covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. And to gain sympathy for hiding that government official who bordered on treason, Miller spent 85 days in jail in 2005.
And BuzzFlash adds with a slice of wry that Fox News is populated with liars and disgraced reporters but that "…even most of the people on there have not come into the picture already branded as liars. The lying usually starts once you start there."

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