WASHINGTON—Accuracy in Media (AIM) editor Cliff Kincaid said today that journalists who sign an on-line petition in support of jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller have compromised their objectivity on this story and should be disqualified from writing about the case.
“The campaign in support of Miller represents a blatant conflict of interest by members of the press,” said Kincaid. “The signers of the petition are not only taking a stand that undermines their status as news professionals but they are endorsing defiance of the law in the name of the First Amendment.”
The hundreds of signers of the “Support Judith Miller” petition include editors and reporters for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Dow Jones, Reuters, Associated Press, The Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other news organizations.
The petition claims that Miller is in jail in order to protect “the public’s right to know about its government.” Kincaid countered, “This is a blatant falsehood. Miller is the one engaging in a cover-up. She is the one obstructing the public’s right to know about possible criminal activity in the CIA leak case.”
The petition is a project of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “The freedom of the press should not come at the expense of the public’s right to know about possible criminal activity by government officials,” said Kincaid. “In this case, members of the press supporting Judith Miller are trying to keep the public in the dark about the operations of their government.”
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.