Yesterday, she departed with a toss of her bobbed hairdo, an undisclosed severance package, and
a self-vindicating op-ed self-vindicating letter to the editor that she scooped on her own website just for good measure. Today Judith Miller is finally gone, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty more to say! Here’s the roundup:
“I’m really very satisfied with the agreement… They agreed to run an article and you know Bill graciously clarified his remarks and set the record straight,” Miller said. “And that’s what I wanted.”
“It’s a good thing for the newspaper to put this episode behind us,” another staffer said. …”Now we have to go about building on the credibility that the paper lost through this episode.”
Arianna Huffington, going a bit blue:
But improper relationships aren’t just sexual ones. No one (except maybe their respective spouses) really cares if Judy and Scooter had a sexual entanglement.
We are far more concerned about their political entanglement. The kind where agendas intertwine, and fiction gets massaged into fact. Far worse than sexual entanglements, political ones fuck with your head.
Fine, Judy didn’t screw Libby. Just the American public. Good riddance.
Jon Friedman, optimistically:
The Fourth Estate, the First Amendment and the Free World are all safe now. Yes, Judith Miller has finally left the New York Times. Journalism’s biggest soap opera has come to an end.
Franklin Foer at TNR’s blog The Plank:
Now that Miller has left 43rd Street, she will surely continue to embarrass the paper. She still apparently has powerful friends in New York. It’s easy to imagine her worming her way back into Charlie Rose’s chair, commenting on this and that. And it’s impossible to imagine her resisting further entreaties from New York Observer reporters. But now that they have extricated Miller from the building, perhaps the Times will be liberated to finally speak honestly of the mess that just transpired. Although based on its record this past year, I wouldn’t count on it.
And finally, a fresh take on Miller’s departure from Vaughn Ververs at The Public Eye:
Are we just self-centered or is it ironic that Miller’s retirement comes on the day Mary Mapes kicked off her book tour?
Er, you’re reaching a bit there, Vaughn. But we’d say this is ironic…