Some of the mail about the Shadowland column "Burning Questions" about the controversy surrounding Judy Miller's reporting on Iraq before, during and after the invasion:
From Norman Ravitch
If Ms. Miller is as nutty as you suggest why don't you just say so,
From Paula Stout
10/18/2005 10:08 PM
Excellent job holding the magnifying glass up to the fourth estate and reminding us all that humans are human---they make mistakes and are sometimes victims of their own sloppiness.... but, even more important than that...thank you for doing your part to combat the essence of the problem encased in RFK, JR. quote... we are the least-informed people...but, with reporters like you, perhaps, one day, we'll remember that we also have the opportunity to become the best-informed people. thanks again. paula.
From Rick Reeder
Boca Raton, Florida
Dear Mr. Dickey,
I read with great interest your piece on Judy Miller and understand much more about the personality she is. I don't know if she is star struck by the folks she is suppose to view with a critical eye, or just hurried and careless. But your insight on her is most valuable.
In spite of what has to be genuine frustration within the journalistic world over the short attention spans of most Americans, please know that the work you do is critically important to all of us. We can all disagree about how we as a country are to proceed in a political and policy based world, but the failure to extract the honest truth about what we are being told and what we are not being told goes to the root of our existence.
We truly need to work that you do in spite of our differences and
indifference. Kind Regards, Rick Reeder
From Vince Treacy
The short answer is that Miller is not a reporter.
Miller learned from Libby about Wilson's trip to Niger, but no one has asked why she didn't go to Wilson and get his side of the story.
I thought that any good reporter sought to check facts at the source.
We have seen a million stories with the note that phone calls, emails, requests for interviews with X were not returned or refused.
Is there a difference between a reporter and a conduit?
From Nat Irvin
..Very insightful, poetic even.
You remain a favorite writer in a sea of hot air..
Nat Irvin, II
From Clarice L. Kesler
I really enjoyed your article. Unfortunately "a lack of standards" not only exists among several jourmalists in your profession, but seems to permeate society these days. And we accept it. More articles like this one may, and the unstable nature of what is going on in this country today, may make all of us do a little soul searching to start demanding not only more from our government and our media, but from ourselves.
Name Chris Bradley
Give this man a raise and more prominence. These sentences are the best thing I've heard on this whole sordid affair, "Burning Judy won't light the way to better journalistic standards and ethics in a media marketplace that long ago concluded having access to power is more important than speaking truth to it. Worst of all, there's very little public demand from the public for solid, prize-winning, and oh-so-expensive investigative reporting from the ground up."
From John Pilon
Judy Miller may have started as a legit reporter but she slipped on the banana peel of careerism and became a shill for the Bush Administration...for that she has our undying disdain.
From Jim Picard
Mr. Dickey: Thanks so much for your column on the Judy Miller matter. As we endure double speak and deception from most of our elected officials, raised to an art form by the current Administration's mastery of misinformation, it has been distressing to see so little true investigative journalism -- down-and-dirty digging up of facts. With very few exceptions, investigative journalists seem to have disappeared and been replaced by 'reporters' flocking to state the obvious, ... "this City is flooded".
My favorite law professor lectured on the public's constitutional "right to know" what our government was up to. This right is a central component in our democracy, and effective investigative journalism a critical element in protecting that right.
Blogs and letters to opinion pages by average 'civilians' like me seem to suggest many share my question: where are our investigative journalists when we need them most? Jim Picard