Little Green Footballs

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Judith Miller admits WMD stories 'were wrong'

Pajamas Media's keynote speaker at their launch (or OSM's as it was) has made an apology to her readers for publishing stories that turned out to be wrong. The stories were about WMD's, so frankly it's a waste of an apology because most people now know they were bullshit.

Judith Miller, the US journalist at the heart of the CIA leak probe, has apologised to her readers because her stories about WMD and Iraq turned out to be wrong.

The US journalist, who spent 85 days in prison over the summer before agreeing to give evidence to a grand jury investigating the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, made the apology during an exclusive interview for BBC Newsnight.

She said: "I am obviously deeply chagrined that I ever write anything that turns out to be incorrect. I'm deeply sorry that the stories were wrong."
I wonder whether Chuckles will mention this surprise apology on either LGF or Pajamas?


Daedalus said...

I find this so odd. I mean, someone in the American political sphere actually admitting they're wrong?

Benjamin said...

Here is a good comparison.

Truthdig v Pajamas Media

Both new start ups, both claim to be doing similar things.


"The purpose of our new Web magazine is to provide you with insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and on issues that need to be brought to your attention. We want to challenge conventional wisdom. Over time, we hope to build a solid and reliable resource for those of you who want to explore particular topics by drilling down to unusual depth."

Pajamas Media too claims to focus on web based journalism, digging behind stories, harnesing the power of the web.

The differences are clear though.
Putting the differing politics of the sites aside for the moment, there are other contrasts.

Truthdig lauched without fanfare, without egotism, and they have a decent site with much content.

Pajamas Media seemed to do the opposite, being error prone whilst making a lot of noise in the process. And their site is still both shallow and confused.

I know where I'll be going back to for serious comment and analysis (Truthdig), and where I'll just pop in for a laugh (Pajamas.)