Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Journalist's Job

Conceding in the Times piece that her WMD reporting was "totally wrong," Miller proves she doesn't understand how journalism works when she says, "The analysts, the experts and the journalists who covered them, we were all wrong. If your sources are wrong, you are wrong. I did the best job that I could."

"That is a lie. Reporters aren't conduits through which sources pour information into newspapers. And sources aren't to blame if a reporter gets a story wrong. A real reporter tests his sources' findings against other evidence in hopes of discovering the truth, something Miller was apparently loath to do."


Shafer nails it to the wall. We aren't stenographers. We're BS sleuths seeking the best version of the the truth we can find despite the minefield of obsfucation thrown in our paths.

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