How the NY Times Deals with Scandal Like the Catholic Church
William Powers of the National Journal says the Judith Miller caper, and the Times' earlier handling of Jayson Blair's distortions of the truth, show the responses of a self-protective power structure much like the Church's response to the priest-abuse scandals.
A fascinating perspective, and one that continues to force us to ask the questions about what Miller knew, who else at the Times knew, was she given a security clearance, and is she in any way a paid and/or covert propagandist of the government a la Armstrong Williams?
If it's been archived, the date on the column is October 21, and here's some text you can search for at Google:
On October 12, as a frustrated media establishment (plus a few scattered readers) was waiting for the paper to explain the role played by reporter Judy Miller in the case of outed spy Valerie Plame, The Times published a front-page, above-the-fold news scoop.