Was It All Our Fault?

Jack Shafer discusses Judith Miller’s contention (in the latest issue of Vanity Fair) that bloggers played a large role in her demise. (We suspect that somewhere, Dan Rather is saying, “Join the club, Judy…”)

“Miller describes to Vanity Fair the process by which the Pajama People destroyed her:

    The bloggers were without editing, without a way for people to understand what was good, what was well reported–to distinguish between the straight and the slanderous. Things would get instantly picked up, magnified, and volumized.

In Miller’s mind, the bloggers not only poisoned her relationship with the Times brass but also with her colleagues, who, she says, ‘believed what they read on the blogs.'”

We have no idea if we were one of the blogs Miller was referring to (after all, she was so nice to us in the National Press Club’s elevator) but you can see for yourself that we probably didn’t help.