Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Judith Miller to Join Fox News (Fishbowl)

So what do you do if you're a disgraced former investigative reporter for the national paper of record, who, in your own words, became a "lightning rod for public fury over the intelligence failures that helped lead our country to war?" You go work for Fox News of course!

Over at WaPo
Howie Kurtz is reporting that Fox News has signed Judith Miller to be an on-air analyst as well as contribute to Fox's website. Says says Fox senior vice president John Moody: "We've all had stories that didn't come out exactly as we had hoped. [Ha!] It's certainly something she's going to be associated with for all time, and there's not much anyone can do about that, but we want to make use of the tremendous expertise she brings on a lot of other issues." The "for all time" bit does seem a bit overdone, but still that was a pretty fundamental screw-up. Television is the great absolver, however! Miller isn't the only questionable hire Fox has made of late.

Shortly after Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign last June Fox announced that her top advisor Howard Wolfson would be joining its lineup of talking heads. According to NYMag this makes him the "makes him the most prominent Democrat ever placed on the conservative channel's payroll." Perhaps Fox is gearing up for a coming Democratic administration, arguably the first one it's ever had to deal with since it became household name during the Bush years. Of course, before you express too much wonderment, NYMag also points to this minor phenomenon:

There exists in Washington, of course, a kind of permanent political class...These people aren't without their political beliefs, but above all they are professionals. They may tear into each other by day, or from one campaign to the next, but in the shape of their lives they are more alike than they are different. They eat at the same restaurants, go to the same parties, and send their kids to the same schools...Howard Wolfson is a particularly nimble and skillful member of the permanent political class.


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