It wasn't exactly the rebuttal she was looking for, and it sure didn't appear in the glam Sunday paper, but Judith Miller finally received her guerdon for holding out on the New York Times — and threatening their threatening.
But rather than the op-ed piece she wanted, Judy received only a letter to the editor. Editorial editor Gail Collins had no interest in letting an op-ed column be used for internal squabbling, but a letter? Sure, no prob.
So Judy says goodbye to her readers, her second home and her colleagues — but not her confidence. While she says her farewells, in classic Judy, Ms. Miller didn't steer away from touting her accomplishments .. but only because no one else will. (Emphasis ours.)
• "I chose to go to jail not only to honor my pledge of confidentiality, but also to dramatize the need for such a federal law."
• "After 85 days, more than twice as long as any other American journalist has ever spent in jail for this cause, I agreed to testify before the special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald's grand jury about my conversations with my source, I. Lewis Libby Jr."
• "I am honored to have been part of this extraordinary newspaper and proud of my accomplishments here - a Pulitzer, a DuPont, an Emmy and other awards - but sad to leave my professional home."
• "Even before I went to jail, I had become a lightning rod for public fury over the intelligence failures that helped lead our country to war."
Glad to see Judy's ordeal has humbled her.
Judith Miller's Farewell [NYT]
Earlier: Times and Reporter Reach Agreement on Her Departure [NYT]