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A Job Opening For Mapes

By on 11.9.05 | 4:57PM

Judith Miller is gone at the New York Times and Bill Keller clears up his mysterious description of Miller's "entanglement" with Scooter Libby. Now Miller is freed up to write a book titled, say, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power (The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who broke the WMD stories). That's the title, with a few changes, of Mapes' book. Mapes says she "broke" the National Guard stories. That's right: She turns her forgery fiasco into a journalistic coup. It is more accurate to say she was broken by the story. But no matter: unlike the sacked (or, as Keller puts it, "retired") Miller, Mapes realized that if she ran amok for the right cause the elite media would never pin that label on her.Â

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Journalism is Hard

By on 11.9.05 | 4:34PM

Judy Miller has been fired from the New York Times, and one of the Times's crack pavement-pounding reporters writes that "Ms. Miller could not be reached for comment."

What, they lost her phone number? And couldn't walk down the hall to the desk she was cleaning out?

UPDATE: Yes, I realize the Times story says they've "reached an agreement" to end her career, not that she's been "fired" per se. I'm reading between the lines.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Gabriel Sherman at the New York Observer's Media Mob blog somehow tracked Miller down. It sounds like the Times was trying to get her to leave (without firing her), and the sticking point was giving Miller space in the paper for a farewell, which will run tomorrow and is already posted at Miller's website.

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Stars in Texas

By on 11.9.05 | 4:11PM

California rejecting Prop 73, Virginia and New Jersey staying Democratic, where's the good news? At least Texas voters approved a marriage amendment by 76%.

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Desperate Housewives?

By on 11.9.05 | 4:07PM

That's right, the activists of the National Association for Gals (aka the National Organization for Women) are swarming the Senate to nag senators into towing their abortion-on-demand line. You'd think an organization of gals in this day and age would want to avoid sounding so shrill, but I suppose not.

"By nominating Samuel Alito, Bush hopes to send our country back to a time before civil rights, before Roe v. Wade, and before the New Deal," said NOW President Kim Gandy.
Such hyperbolic women could give ladies a bad name. And how do these "activists" have time to come to Washington? Don't they have jobs?
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The Roberts Court and Federalism

By on 11.9.05 | 4:00PM

Potentially good news from Lyle Dennison of SCOTUSblog:

The death of the Supreme Court's "federalism revolution" might have been pronounced prematurely. The argument Wednesday in two appeals from Georgia, testing disabled inmates' use of the Americans with Disabilities Act to challenge prison conditions, indicated that protecting state sovereignty has not become a forgotten cause for a number of the Justices -- including, it seems, the new Chief Justice, John G. Roberts, Jr.
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VA AG Still in the Air

By on 11.9.05 | 3:57PM

John Kerry's timely -- some might even call it opportunistic -- email on the Virginia election reminds me that the attorney general's race is still too close to call. Bob McDonnell leads Creigh Deeds by 1500 votes. No word on a recount yet.

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Re: Going Mapes

By on 11.9.05 | 3:03PM

Fahri writes that "Microsoft Word cannot reproduce the exact typography of the Killian memos, at least not to a trained eye." I guess "trained," in this context, means "insane." It's not just possible to recreate the Killian memos with Word -- they matched what you'd get by typing with the default settings.

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Hitchens on Jefferson and the Founding

By on 11.9.05 | 3:00PM

Christopher Hitchens' lecture on Jefferson's role in the American founding was a delight. Hitchens broadly outlined Jefferson's contributions to the American experiment in the areas of the Enlightenment, internal nation building, the projection of national power, and the separation of church and state. The writer entertained a substantial Q&A period, followed by lunch and a lengthy discussion with the Witherspoon Fellows.

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Re: An Echo Not A Choice

By on 11.9.05 | 2:23PM

Don't ride that hobbyhorse too hard, George. I don't think it makes sense to read this election as case of failing by moving left; if anything, Arnold & Co. blundered by taking on too many liberal interest groups at once.

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Going Mapes

By on 11.9.05 | 2:11PM

St. Martin's Press has hit upon a novel advertising strategy for its release of Mary Mapes' book, emphasizing that she is now flying with even less of a net below her than before. "No One's Censoring Her Now," reads the ad in the New Yorker. Now she's got no editor, it exults: "Get the clear, unedited picture of the biggest news stories in the run-up to the 2004 election."

See the Forgeries They Didn't Let Her Run!

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