According to Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post:
A dustup between two New York Times reporters over a story on an Iraqi exile leader raises some intriguing questions about the paper’s coverage of the search for dangerous weapons thought to be hidden by Saddam Hussein.
An internal e-mail by Judith Miller, the paper’s top reporter on bioterrorism, acknowledges that her main source for such articles has been Ahmad Chalabi, a controversial exile leader who is close to top Pentagon officials. Could Chalabi have been using the Times to build a drumbeat that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction?
There are probably some real scandals at the Times which should explode, but never will one of which is certainly the reliance on sources such as Chalabi. If it’s true that the guy who was angling for a US invasion in hopes that it would leave him in power (a hope which has been recently sidelined) if it’s true he was feeding the media information to bolster support for that invasion, then the case of the young liar/reporter is not the only thing the Times ought to do some soul searching over. Blair seems more and more like a scapegoat, a way of saying, my gosh! how could this happen at a paper which never makes mistakes?
Tell it to Wen Ho Lee.
(Edited slightly for clarity.)