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Sun May 31, 2015, 10:00 AM

ROLLING STONE: Judith Miller's Comeback: "400 pages of dogs eating 400 pages of homework"

Judith Miller's Comeback

The disgraced reporter's memoir: 400 pages of dogs eating 400 pages of homework

By Matt Taibbi May 29, 2015




a snippet:

Miller is not a gifted writer in the normal sense, but she does have one very obvious skill on the page: certainty. (Here it comes: Hitler, another otherwise plodding writer, had the same talent!) Miller on paper is so sure of herself that the reader may find his or her self mesmerized by the lack of qualification. This unwavering quality in her writing is very unique and helped sell a fake war to a whole country.

Years later, she is still blind to the fact that that was the flaw, the abject certainty she brought to her work. Instead of addressing that profound and no doubt deeply unsettling personal problem, she repeated the mistake, apparently spending all of these years in the wilderness coming up with a 400-page explanation for why nothing that happened was her fault. It's amazing on the one hand, but also depressing, even for her sake.

In the F. Scott Fitzgerald era of "no second acts in American lives," Miller would never have returned to the public stage. A successful comeback now would mark a new peak in the Reality TV era, a time when all fame is value-neutral and infamy, if marketed correctly, is just another stage of celebrity. Is this really going to happen?





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Reply ROLLING STONE: Judith Miller's Comeback: "400 pages of dogs eating 400 pages of homework" (Original post)
kpete May 2015 OP
Fumesucker May 2015 #1
Ichingcarpenter May 2015 #3
KG May 2015 #2
Gothmog May 2015 #4
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2015, 10:02 AM

1. OK, that made me LOL...

Thanks.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Sun May 31, 2015, 10:04 AM

3. Me too and such a great title for an essay

describing Judith miller's book of lies

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun May 31, 2015, 10:03 AM

2. is Matt out from under the bus?

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Sun May 31, 2015, 10:55 PM

4. Miller is not ever going to live down her role in selling Iraq war

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Mon Jun 1, 2015, 06:41 AM

5. Kicked and recommended to the Max!

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