I'm beginning to like the extra-long headline. Makes me feel like Bill Keller, his very own self.
Judith Miller obviously can't take "yes" for an answer. Turns out that Scooter Libby has let her off the hook. Twice. Once, a year ago. The second time, ten days ago. So why would Miller go to jail? Does she like using the toilet in front of other people? Does she have some weird Martha Stewart fixation and wanted to be in prison just like Martha? Is she just incredibly dense?
The New York Times, Miller's paper doesn't know, either. In fact, The Times can't get a straight answer from... itself:
In written statements today, Ms. Miller and executives of The New York Times did not identify the source who had urged Ms. Miller to testify. Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, said that Mr. Fitzgerald had assured Ms. Miller's lawyer that "he intended to limit his grand jury interrogation so that it would not implicate other sources of hers."
Here's a bit of advice for reporters David Johnston and Douglas Jehl: Why don't you just walk down the hall and ask Bill Keller?
Much about Ms. Miler's role in the matter remains unclear. Mr. Keller, the newspaper's executive editor, has declined to say whether she was assigned to report about Mr. Wilson's trip, whether she had tried to write a story about it, or whether she ever told editors or colleagues at the newspaper that she had obtained information about the role played by Ms. Wilson.
Those damn fat cats at The Times! They're just hiding the truth from The Times! There is something, I don't know, bizarre? about a newspaper reporting on itself and still not getting the story right. This is like Dan Rather saying that he wants to be the one to break the story about those forged TANG documents.
Miller still can't, or won't explain why she went to jail to protect a source who released her from any obligation, a source, I will add, that is part of no story ever written by Miller. Then, a month before the grand jury is to be dissolved, she decided to testify. About what?
Hopefully, The New York Times will be on the hunt for the truth.