Saturday, October 22, 2005

et tu, MoDo?

via Steve Gilliard, MoDo goes where Pinch needs to take Judy: out back, with a garrotte.
Judy told The Times that she plans to write a book and intends to return to the newsroom, hoping to cover "the same thing I've always covered - threats to our country." If that were to happen, the institution most in danger would be the newspaper in your hands.
So sayeth Ms. Dowd. Interpreteth Gilliard:

Ok, after calling her a drama queen and a whore, tropism being a fancy word for women who likes powerful men and fucks them, she then goes after her bosses for not supervising her and letting her hurt the paper.

Then she suggests that Miller's jail stint had other motives.

Then, finally, calls for her to be fired.

And Gail Collins might as well have cosigned it.

Why? It ran on the op-ed page, she's her nominal boss.

This is call putting your business in the street. This is the consensus opinion of the Times staff, except for the open hatred some folks had for Miller.

Dowd didn't write one fucking word, not one, in defense of her. And her first column on this basically calls her a drama queen whore who needs to be fired. There is no question this has worked Dowd's last nerve and she, cleverly, put all this shit in the street.

I think Pinch's coffee will be ejected from his mouth when he reads this. Keller won't be much happier.

Because she's also accusing Miller of being on the pad. Not corrupt in the way people think, but having gone native with her sources, having taken sides with them and not her paper

This is the a direct challenge and an open statement saying Judy "your newsroom pass has been revoked." This couldn't appear if Miller had newsroom support.

All true. But think about how pathetic it is -- what fetid chaos the Times newsroom must now be. Ms. Fucking Miller, Pulitzer winner, walker on water, getting her de facto pink slip from a columnist. To paraphrase the Queen of Iraq, Dowd is "fucking right" about this, and has announced Miller's demise in the most public and unequivocal imaginable way.

Of course, the verdict is not universally supported. Witness the willingness of someone in power to give Ms. Fucking Miller a platform to respond to Keller's slo-mo satori. (Although, on further reflection, the point may have been to give her a shovel -- every time Judy opens her yap, she seems to dig herself in deeper.)

Nice work, Judy. You brought a wee bit of Iraq back with you, and planted it on 43rd Street.


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