Inside the Judith Miller saga

Vanity Fair dishes on the former New York Times reporter.

By Tim Grieve

Published December 7, 2005 4:55PM (EST)

As Patrick Fitzgerald returns to work on the Valerie Plame case, Editor & Publisher is out with a preview of Seth Mnookin's upcoming Vanity Fair piece on the Judith Miller saga at the New York Times.

The highlights: Sources tell Mnookin that Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. barred Times reporters working on the story from talking to former New York Times Co. CEO Russell Lewis; Mnookin says that Miller refused to talk with one Times reporter because the reporter hadn't written her in jail; Times reporter Don Van Natta complains that Miller dodged interviews with him while making time for Barbara Walters and others; and Mnookin says that Miller "had built a reputation for sleeping with her sources" and that she dated one of Sulzberger's best friends, then Times reporter Steven Rattner, when they all worked together in the Times' Washington bureau -- and shared a vacation home in Maryland -- in the 1970s.

Mnookin says that Miller and Sulzberger refused to talk with him for his story. We're guessing that they won't be speaking to him now, either.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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