Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter who was much criticized for her reporting on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction capabilities in the build-up to war, offered some pretty ironic criticisms of Julian Assange on Fox News this weekend.
While arguing that Wikileaks is a new kind of journalism that people need to “get used” to, she called the Wikileaks’ founder a “bad journalist.” Why?
“Because he didn’t care at all about attempting to verify the information that he was putting out or determine whether or not it would hurt anyone,” she said.
For comparison’s sake, here’s what Miller once told Michael Massing in defense of her reporting (courtesy of Crooks and Liars):
“[M]y job isn’t to assess the government’s information and be an independent intelligence analyst myself. My job is to tell readers of The New York Times what the government thought about Iraq’s arsenal.”
(h/t Crooks and Liars)
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