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Miller, The Fourth Estate And The Warfare State


TomPaine.com
Norman Solomon
October 17, 2005
Norman Solomon is the author of the new book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. For information, go to: www.WarMadeEasy.com

More than any other New York Times reporter, Judith Miller took the lead with stories claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Now, a few years later, she’s facing heightened scrutiny in the aftermath of a pair of articles that appeared in the Times on Sunday-- a lengthy investigative piece about Miller plus her own first-person account of how she got entangled in the case of the Bush administration’s “outing

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“For many years I have felt that the situation in the Middle East was very nearly hopeless. The fundamental problem for us is that we have lost our freedom of action an the Middle East and are committed to policies that promote neither our own national interest nor the cause of peace. AIPAC (the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee) and its allied organizations have effective working control of the electoral process. They can elector defeat nearly any congressman or senator that they wush, with their money and coordinated organization.

I believe the reading public of the NYTimes is due an explanation, a clarification, and an assurance regarding a reporter such as Miller, who claims a special inside connection and a unique knowledge, and that knowledge proves tragically false.
There are more deaths now from terrorism than in Sept 02003 when Bush claimed the world was safer because of the termination of a regime that cultivated ties to terror and built weapons of mass destruction. Was Miller permitted her distorted but inside version of the same by the editors?

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