Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Does the Judy Miller-as-source theory make sense?

There's continued speculation, and riffing on that speculation, that Judy Miller was a source of information for administration officials in the Plame case, not the other way round. Thus she's actually protecting herself, not some anonymous source, by going to prison.

Isn't this a little farfetched? If it were the case, when the truth eventually came out the NYT would have a scandal on its hands that would have Times executives yearning for the good old days of Jason Blair. Is the management of the paper really dumb enough go to the mat on Miller's behalf, editorializing in full high dudgeon mode about the First Amendment and the role of a free press, yadda yadda, to cover up a lie?

Much of the Miller speculation just seems to be people who hate her dishing dirt about her at clambakes.