Former New York Times Reporter Judith Miller Now At Newsmax

In the journalistic world this is definitely what you call a step down the ladder:

Judith Miller used to be a superstar. She was a major reporter at the New York Times for decades — at the DC bureau, in Cairo, in Paris, special correspondent to the Persian Gulf, embedded with a special unit in Iraq. She had the best sources. She had amazing scoops. Now she’s writing — on contract, not full-time — for Newsmax, a goofy right-wing magazine where conservatives you’ve never heard of (and John Stossel, apparently) report, constantly, that Barack Obama is bad and unpopular. It’s a steep fall, and it couldn’t have happened to a worse journalist.

Since her early days at the Times, when she inserted CIA misinformation into a piece on Libya, she’s always been a tool of power. She was the voice of the Defense Department, embedded at the Times. She was hyping bullshit stories about Iraq’s WMD capabilities as far back as 1998, and in the run-up to the war, her front-page scoops were cited by the Bush administration as evidence that Saddam needed to be taken out, right away.

Lying exile grifter Ahmad Chalabi fed her the worst of the nonsense designed to push America into toppling Saddam Hussein (and giving Iraq to him), and she pushed that nonsense into the newspaper of record. She got everything wrong, and for some insane reason, she remained employed at the Times until 2005, when she negotiated her separation from her longtime professional home.

There was also the extended farce in which she went to jail to “protect” Scooter Libby, who had given her permission to “reveal” his role in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name, which did net her some sort of “First Amendment award” (for excellence in the field of comforting the powerful), and finally embarrassed the Times enough to get rid of her.

At that point, she ensconced herself in a right-wing think tank, and occasionally appeared on Fox. When no one else would have her, because she’s a bad journalist (and, reportedly, a rude and unpleasant person), the right-wing media welcomed her.

And now she’s at Newsmax, which isn’t much better than World Net Daily when it comes to integrity and believability. How the might have fallen.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    You are really a piece of work Doug. She may be working at someplace you could never begin to qualify to work for and you demean it. Judith Miller did not suddenly become a liar or untrustworthy, as you like to put it. Her views could no longer be tolerated by those who do not believe in journalism but in propaganda. You know, Doug, you claim to be a libertarian but I think you are using too many letters in that. The first three are right. Lib as in liberal or progressive. Turns out those are just other names for communists. Communists have to hide their identity because most of us are revolted by the idea.of what they stand for. I mean how many millions have been sacrificed to communist? Stalin: 30 million, Mao, 70 million, and there is no telling how many the communists of South East Asia killed. I think Doug you would be better served if you did not spend so much time criticizing those who stand for American values.

    President Sarah Palin. The next President of the United States of America. Dougs head just went boom.

  2. legion says:

    Judith Miller did not suddenly become a liar or untrustworthy, as you like to put it.
    You’re right, Zel. Miller was _always_ a liar and untrustworthy. This is a laughably appropriate place for her to end her embarrassing career.

  3. Bleev K says:

    Zelsdorf Ragshaft III, man, you really don’t know ANYTHING!

  4. Nikki says:

    Zelsdorf Ragshaft III,

    You’re a spoof, aren’t you?

  5. Axel Edgren says:

    Of course he is not a spoof – Palin supporters actually write like that.

  6. Jay Tea says:

    I’m trying to think of a career move away from the New York Times that would be a step DOWN. Look at the John Edwards scandal — the Times carried his water, while it was the National Enquirer that probably deserved a Pulitzer for their coverage.

    Maybe the Boston Globe.

    Newsweek, perhaps?

    Newsmax is probably more profitable and has a better future than the Times — and I don’t even read it.