Geneva Overholser put her finger on it.
Overholser, a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism (UMC) and a former member of the editorial board at the New York Times, spoke yesterday on The News Hour (PBS) about the NYT's now-public rebuke of reporter Judith Miller. One of the most unsettling aspects of the situation, she said, was that Miller appeared to be giving sources like Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, power over what she reported.
"She would have been willing to mislead readers, I think," Overholser said.
That's my impression too. Miller's loyalities seem to lie with the people she's covering, not with the public.
That's not journalism, that's PR. And bad PR at that.