September 6, 2013

Fox News contributor Judith Miller is an expert on the quality of news coverage leading up to the Iraq war. After all, she participated in that coverage in a rather prominent, flawed way, as a reporter for the New York Times. Referring to the bloated suggestions that Saddam Hussein was sitting on stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller lamented years later, “The whole Judy Miller WMD experience was . . . one of the low points of the last eight years.” New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame later wrote, “Ms. Miller may still be best known for her role in a series of Times articles in 2002 and 2003 that strongly suggested Saddam Hussein already had or was acquiring an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. . . . Many of those articles turned out to be inaccurate.”

Today Miller participated in a Fox News panel with fellow Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers regarding alleged media bias in covering President Obama’s position on striking the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Toward the end of the segment, host Jon Scott asked, “Is it the memory of Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction that turned out not to be there that is coloring media coverage this time around, or maybe media skepticism?”

To whom did he direct that question? Powers.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.