Nearly 13 years ago, the talk in Washington was all about whether Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was pursuing construction of a nuclear bomb. The New York Times famously ran stories saying he was, though subsequent events proved that he was not.
Now Washington is full of that talk again – thanks to a new book that the reporter of those inaccurate stories has written. In the book, “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey,” Judith Miller tries to defend her work.
In an April 29, 2015, interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, she said she was merely relying on her sources.
Stewart pressed her on the faulty intelligence by pointing out that “Not everybody got it wrong.”
Miller’s reply was “Almost everybody did, except for Knight Ridder.”
Knight Ridder was acquired by McClatchy in 2006, and the author of many of the stories that now are judged the most accurate assessment of Bush administration policy toward Iraq written at the time still works in McClatchy’s Washington Bureau.
McClatchy remains proud of what reporters Jonathan S. Landay, Warren Strobel and others wrote in the months ahead of the Iraq invasion.
Here is The Daily Show clip at 2:55 -
Here is a link to the archive of Knight Ridder/McClatchy coverage.
Some of the individual stories are below. The first one is particularly germane to Stewart’s interview with Miller because both Landay and Miller relied on the same named source, David Albright, with very different results.