Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who was first lionized, then vilified by her own newspaper for her role in the CIA leak case, has retired from the Times, the paper announced today.
Miller, who joined the Times in 1977 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for reporting on global terrorism, had been negotiating with the paper for several weeks about her future. She is 57.
She spent 85 days in jail over the summer for refusing to testify about her conversations with a confidential source. But after her release, Miller was criticized harshly and publicly by Times editors and writers for her actions in the CIA leak case and for her reporting during the run-up to the Iraq war, later discredited, indicating that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Miller did not immediately respond to an e-mail or answer her telephone.
"We are grateful to Judy for her significant personal sacrifice to defend an important journalistic principle," said Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement. "I respect her decision to retire from The Times and wish her well."
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
JUDITH MILLER 'RETIRES' FROM THE TIMES
The lightning rod's days at the New York Times are all in the past. The Houston Chronicle reports:
"Retired" is a much nicer word than "kicked to the curb," don't you think?