Inside the Judith Miller saga

Vanity Fair dishes on the former New York Times reporter.


Tim Grieve
December 7, 2005 9:55PM (UTC)

As Patrick Fitzgerald returns to work on the Valerie Plame case, Editor &amp 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.

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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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