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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 24, 2005 / 21 Tishrei, 5766

A reporter's conflict: Hero or stooge?

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Conservative critics usually can't stop jabbering on about the "liberal media." Yet the pantheon of punditry on the Right has been oddly mute about the amazing service that the New York Times' Judith Miller has performed for the Bush administration's policy of regime change in Iraq.

Boosters of Team Bush should give Miller a medal.

She recently spent 85 days in a federal prison for refusing to identify a confidential source.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said her testify was crucial to his investigation of the Bush administration leak that outed undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a critic of the Bush White House.

Although Miller's lawyers had argued that her incarceration would be futile, since she was not about to give up her source, she eventually cut a deal after she received a personal waiver from a confidential source, who turned out to be I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to our nation's Vice President Dick Cheney's.

All of this and more was recounted by the Times in two Sunday articles that leave a lot of unanswered questions. Among them: Is Miller a hero for press freedom or a shill for White House dirty tricksters?

I don't know Miller's personal politics and that is how it should be. She's a reporter. Unlike us scriveners on the opinion side of newspapering, she wouldn't be doing her job if her personal biases showed up in her writing.

But, by her own account, she was willing not only to help Libby shovel a little dirt on Wilson but also to cooperate in an effort to bury the tracks which led back to the upper levels of the Bush administration.

Miller was honored Tuesday with a First Amendment Award at the national conference of the Society of Professional Journalists in Las Vegas. She defended her decision to go to jail to protect a source and spoke up for a federal shield law so that others won't face similar sanctions.

But other journalists have characterized Miller as a possible co-conspirator with the Bush administration in the attempt to discredit Wilson, who openly questioned the intelligence used to justify the Iraq invasion.

As Democratic operative Jim Carville said in August, "It's going to be very interesting to see whether (Miller's) problem is a First Amendment (problem) — i.e., I want to protect a source — or a Fifth Amendment (problem) — I was out spreading this stuff, too."

Now, her own account in Sunday's Times describes a conversation on July 8, 2003, with Libby in which he asks to be identified only as a "former Hill staffer." Miller had agreed earlier to refer to Libby as a "senior administration official," but agreed to Libby's request. Why? Because "Libby did not want the White House to be seen as attacking Mr. Wilson," she assumed. Yet, she went along with the subterfuge. It wasn't a lie, she rationalizes, since Libby had once worked on Capitol Hill. But what about the ethical question of helping the Bush administration hide its hand in the anti-Wilson smear?

If ever there was a point where Miller crossed the line from reporting on Team Bush to being its accomplice, in my humble view, this was it.

And since the Times has backed up Miller's reporting and her initial refusal to testify, their good name rides with Miller's reporting.

"Ultimately, we protect sources so people will come forth — so people will know," Miller told the SPJ, in opposing a "fishing expedition" into her sources. "It is the freedom of people to talk to the press without getting in trouble, it is that right that's under assault today."

She's right, but she has done about as much to undermine that right as to help protect it. By cutting a deal to end her jail term early, she encouraged other prosecutors to use reporters to do their work for them, despite the Supreme Court ruling in the early 1970s that prosecutors should turn to journalists only as a last resort.

And what kind of source was she protecting? Libby does not appear to be a whistleblower trying to expose internal waste, fraud, abuse or corruption. If anything, the administration was exercising a tactic of smearing its critics in order to suppress information that ran counter to its arguments for war.

What separates this episode of political hardball from the usual political fun and games is the law that appears to have been broken, the outing of a CIA agent and a compromise of national security.

More important, is the ultimate issue at stake here, the ability of Americans to be properly informed before their nation goes to war.

Journalists make deals with sources all the time. Reporter Bob Woodward and his editors knew that his "Deep Throat" had vested interests in revealing the Watergate scandal to the Washington Post. But the Post editors also knew that the public and history would judge whether the story was worth it.

History similarly will judge Miller and the Times and whether the story they covered was worth the role they played in it.

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