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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Judith Miller Joins Newsmax

Judith Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter with The New York Times, is now a contributing writer for Newsmax magazine. Miller, who turns 63 on Sunday, will focus on national security and foreign relations issues.  

Her first article for Newsmax has been published in the January 2011 issue, an exclusive story about the Middle Eastern drug trade. 

She spent 28 years at the Times, writing many articles about the War in Iraq. Her stories about Weapons of Mass Destruction came under fire. It was learned later that many of those pieces were either inaccurate or completely false.

Miller was also one of the reporters that famously tipped off a White House official that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent.

Miller has authored a handful of books.

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Bloggers and The Shield Law: Should You Be Worried?

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There has been a great outcry in the media over Barack Obama‘s reversal/hedging on the federal shield law, the legislation that protects journalists from revealing their anonymous sources. While this has typically been dealt with on a state-by-state basis, currently Congress is debating turning the protection into a federal precedent. During his campaign, Obama promised a transparent White House, only to turn around ten months later and start talking about putting limitations on the law: his argument being that in cases of national security, journalists must be required to reveal their sources.

And while many wonder if we’re going to see the Valerie Plame case played out all over again if this blanket legislation doesn’t pass, another issue has been overlooked: Do bloggers fall under the protection of the shield law?

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Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Dies

rnovak.jpgVeteran journalist Robert Novak died this morning after battling brain cancer for the past year. He was 78.

Best known for his conservative political columns, syndicated around the country, and appearances on cable news, Novak was at the center of the Valerie Plame controversy after he outed her as the CIA agent married to Bush critic Joe Wilson.

In July 2008, Novak made headlines after running down a pedestrian while driving his black corvette. A week later, it was announced that doctors had discovered a brain tumor. When he retired shortly after, Novak told the Chicago Sun-Times, his home paper since 1966, that his prognosis was “dire.”

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Ann Coulter Turns Down Film Role

afpcoulter3.jpgIt seems even Ann Coulter doesn’t want to play Ann Coulter. Page Six of the New York Post has the details:

The leggy conservative has turned down an offer from director Doug Liman to appear in “Fair Game,” his left-leaning film about the Valerie Plame affair starring Naomi Watts as the CIA agent whose cover was blown by columnist Robert Novak. Sean Penn, who plays Plame’s underemployed husband Joseph Wilson, was pushing to have Coulter in a scene where she’d be screaming invectives at him. But Coulter said no.

Rod Lurie Wants The Politics To Play

lurie.jpgRod Lurie‘s new film, “Nothing But the Truth,” is a round-about depiction of the Valerie Plame scandal that involved New York Times journo Judith Miller. Lurie, a former film critic who has also directed “The Contender,” “Resurrecting the Champ” and “The Last Castle,” is eagerly anticipating the reaction to his film, which comes out tomorrow.

FBLA sat down with Lurie for the inside story:

FBLA: How did you come up with the notion for this film?

LURIE: Obviously, NBTT shares the same situation that Judy Miller found herself in — but it is not at all the Miller character. In the film, Kate’s character personally outs the CIA agent. Miller did not. Kate (Beckinsale) has a child she has to leave behind. Miller has no kids. I could go on but you get the point. In fact, I know very little about Judy’s story and even less about Plame’s – I was just curious what would happen if both the reporter and the subject of her piece had children and they went to school together … I wanted to see where that would lead me.

FBLA: Was this a journalist component or a political one?

LURIE: I had wanted to do a reporter protecting a source story for quite a while now. In fact, I was doing one for my TV series “Commander in Chief” at exactly the moment Steven Bochco replaced me on the show. Of course, he wiped that idea out and most every idea that I was going to mount. The end result was a story that i could turn into a film. You should expect my next thirteen movies to also come out of that unfortunate situation.

FBLA: Did the political situation affect the film?

LURIE: I don’t think that politics affected the film too much. It is really more of a thriller than it is anything else. However, I was careful to not be partisan. For one thing, one of the lessons I learned with my very partisan film “The Contender” is that audiences will turn on you if you seem to be attacking them. For another, the federal shield law — which is the bill pending Congress that would protect journalists — is well supported by both political parties.

Kate Beckinsale as Judith Miller in Nothing But the Truth

plammilg.pngThis is a clip from the Rod Lurie movie Nothing But the Truth, which is about a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. Sound familiar? The film is said to be loosely based on the Valerie Plame case with Kate Beckinsale playing Judith Miller and Matt Dillon presumably playing Patrick Fitzgerald. In the clip below they discuss ‘off the record.’

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Heather Mallick is Un-American

Journalist and author Heather Mallick doesn’t have American values. Mainly because she’s Canadian. Being a foreigner from another country, she wrote an opinion piece about Republican Veep Nominee Sarah Palin. The full text of it is here. It’s kind of not really notable other than it’s penned by a foreigner that has paid more attention to our politics than we ever have to theirs. In fact the last time we as a nation cared about Canada is when we invaded them in 1812.

Anyway, Heather Mallick in her column called Palin supporters ‘White Trash’ just because they unequivocally support a barely first-term governor from a state so small it has more senators than congresspeople, whose 17-year-old daughter got knocked up by a kid named Levi that claims to be a ‘fucking redneck’ on his myspace page, whose one qualification is that she lives closer to another continent than the majority of Americans and that she has killed a moose or two. Just because they think that’s a ‘smart choice’ and she’s ready to be leader of the free world. White trash? As a bowling trophy…

In the clip above, FNC’s Megyn Kelly is outraged because Mallick also said Palin looks like a porn actress and well…maybe that’s a sore spot for Kelly. Kelly states that Canadians believe in free speech which (shocker here on Fox) isn’t actually true. Canadians don’t use the US Bill of Rights even though most of them are white and most of them speak English. They have laws against hate speech…which isn’t free speech.

The point is Kelly calls Mallick ‘the other side of the ticket’: Obama-Biden-foreign columnists. Uh huh.

We kind of think Heather Mallick has some balls to be that snarky in a country that tries to legislate politeness. In this country you only have to worry about hate mail, death threats, getting Bill Maher-ed, Valerie Plame-d and Ward Churchill-ed. Thank god for our freedom of speech.

The Decemberists Love Valerie Plame

valerie_plame_pep.jpg According to their press release, The Decemberists will perform their new single “Valerie Plame” a love song on The Late Night With Conan O’Brien on November 3 – the day before the national election.

Good job, Portland band. You’re only about 4 years late. Which is super early for Oregonians. But still. Geesh.

BookExpo America Preview: Christopher Hitchens, MySpace and Book Bloggers Who Like To Party

book_expo_053107.jpgBookExpo America 2007, the nation’s largest publishing convention, kicks off at the Javits Center today. One of this year’s major convention sponsors will be, of all things, MySpace. The social networking ubernetwork, which recently launched MySpace Books, will be hosting a panel on networking and surviving as a supporting sponsor. BookExpo America already has an officially-sanctioned MySpace group with over 300 members. However, MySpace will not be the only social networking site with a presence at BEA. The quasi-Amazon affiliated Last.FM-inspired site Shelfari will be making its industry premiere at the convention as well.

Scheduled speakers on BEA panels include Joyce Carol Oates, Valerie Plame, Francine Prose and — oh, GodChristopher Hitchens.

Speaking of which, mediabistro.com is throwing a BookExpo publishing party — hosted by GalleyCat bloggers Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman and white-hot author Dana Vachon — tonight:

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Should Portfolio Allow Matthew Cooper to Write About Hillary?

mcooper_2007_fbny.jpgWe’re still a tantalizing 37 days away from the launch of Condé Nast’s multimillion-dollar business magazine Portfolio, yet there may already be a controversy brewing. Matt Cooper, the former Time magazine writer who, along with Valerie Plame, was a central figure in the CIA leak case and Scooter Libby trial, is the magazine’s Washington editor. His wife, Mandy Grunwald, is a chief ad strategist in Hillary Clinton. Cooper tells the L.A. Times he expects to write about Clinton and “to acknowledge my wife works for Hillary … at least on Hillary-centric stories.”

Portfolio isn’t the only business magazine to have a potential conflict of interest problem. Fortune Washington bureau chief and Fox News analyst Nina Easton‘s husband, Russ Schriefer, is a media strategist for John McCain. She says she will not write about McCain, and will issue occasional disclaimers to tell FNC TV viewers about her indirect ties to McCain.

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