Come on you guys, lay off Judy

Oops, didn't mean that kind of lay off**. I mean get off her case, buzzard face.

The woman's been misunderstood: she was just upholding an ancient and honorable yellow-journalism tradition, war mongering. Used to be the publishers were the ones who did the job.

Remember your high school history? Sure ya do. Remember the Maine!
highlights of the SPAM war:

. . .the papers had been painting in lurid detail the horrors of Cuban life under oppressive Spanish rule. The Spanish had confined many Cubans to concentration camps. The press called them "death camps." Wild stories with screaming headlines -- Spanish Cannibalism, Inhuman Torture, Amazon Warriors Fight For Rebels -- flooded the newsstands. Newspapers sent hundreds of reporters, artists, and photographers south to recount Spanish atrocities. The correspondents, including such notables as author Stephen Crane and artist Frederick Remington, found little to report on when they arrived.

"There is no war," Remington wrote to his boss. "Request to be recalled."

. . .Remington's boss, William Randolph Hearst, sent a cable in reply: "Please remain. You furnish the pictures, I'll furnish the war." Hearst was true to his word.

Poor Judy Miller. I blame the internet and cable. News gets disseminated way too fast these days.


** Though I bet she's toast at the NYT. . . .That's toast AT, previously toast OF.


  1. So who's Hearst, in this case? Certainly not Keller; I get the sense he's a dupe. Judy is Hearst, if anyone is.

    BTW -- on the vote -- the rules state you're not supposed to vote for yourself. I'll be checking to make sure everyone honors that.

    If you don't want to vote, that's okay. C ya

  2. I thought that Maureen Dowd's article (Woman of Mass Destuction) was interesting.
    Funnily enough - the Guardian UK had a scathing article about her (Judy Miller) a couple months ago calling her the worst journalist in the world...


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