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Jon Stewart speaking of the Brian Williams scandal “I love that now the media pretends that they must guard the crown jewel of their credibility when we’ve already seen it’s Al Capone’s vault.  Not that they weren’t hard on themselves post clusterbleep.”

Reporter “How did you guys do on the issue of weapons of mass destruction?”

Bill Keller (New York Times) “I think we did, uhm, I think we did pretty darned good.”

Wolf Blitzer (CNN) “I think we were pretty strong.”

Reporter “I think the questions were asked”

Reporter “there was a fog of war”

Reporter “I guess we were caught up in the post 9/11 sense of patriotism.”

Reporter “And there’s also the fog of covering the war”

Blitzer “Could we have done a better job?  Sure.  Remember, we are a first draft of history journalism.”

Stewart “But it wasn’t even your draft.  You were just copying off Cheney’s paper.  You were plagiarizing history.”

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Stewart “But it’s not Obama’s security successes that have his critics so upset, but it’s that we know so much about these successes.  The administration is being accused of allowing damaging security leaks to burnish their own reputation, and this is the problem”

Judy Miller Fox News Contributor August 6, 2012 “This is the problem.  These leaks, especially the kind of leaks that are being investigated now by not one, but two special prosecutors, they are truly injurious to the national security, they jeopardize our security as a nation, they make it harder to implement foreign policy.”

Stewart “They are jeopardizingly injurious.  Thank you Judy Miller, formerly of the NY Times.  Let’s show and example of how these injurious leaks could be used in a damaging way.  Let’s use and example from, I don’t know, September 8, 2002.  Let’s say somebody in the Bush administration wants the public to believe that Sadaam Hussein is actually reconstituting his nuclear weapons of mass destruction program.  We’ll call that guy Vice President Dick Cheney.  The administration would leak that information about the nuclear reconstitution to a high ranking NY Times reporter, let’s call that person Judy Miller.  Judy Miller would then report that information in the NY Times, at which point the Vice President Cheney would go on Meet The Press.”

Dick Cheney September 8, 2012 on Meet The Press “There’s a story in the NY Times this morning, uhm, this is, and I want to attribute this to the Times…He now is trying, through his illicit procurement network, to acquire the equipment he needs to be able to enrich uranium.”

Stewart “You see what this bleeping guy just did… The story that Cheney is citing about this reconstituted program is the one that his administration planted through Judy Miller in the NY Times.  And now to bring the thing full circle, she’s on television as the expert on why other people telling you is not good, when in reality, the move that she is describing should be called pulling a Miller.”