No Conscience Award For Judith Miller
Posted on August 5, 2005
Jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been eating prison food while her husband cavorted on a luxury cruise (when they bought the tickets they didn't realize she'd be doing time and unable to go). That had to have been a bummer. But it gets worse. Editor and Publisher reports that the American Society of Journalists and Authors ("ASJA") voted unanimously not to endorse its earlier decision to give Miller a Conscience in Media award for going to jail to protect her sources in the Plamegate scandal.
E&P says ASJA group's president, Jack El-Hai posted two other reasons for the unanimous vote:
- "A feeling that Miller's career, taken as a whole, did not make her the best candidate for the award."
- Divided opinions on the board over whether her recent actions merit the award."