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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Judith Miller
Seven years ago, Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, became the heroine of a cause celebre when federal prosecutors demanded she testify to a grand jury investigating a White House leak divulging that Valerie Plame was an undercover operative of the CIA.
Sometimes, the nation's reporters perform their duties to the highest degree: They root out corruption, uncover scandal, speak truth to power. But increasingly, America's "journalists" are falling well short of what the founders envisioned when they sought to ensure a democracy kept honest by a free and vibrant press.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has been in office just 2½ months, but his administration already is reeling under allegations that cash payoffs were made during his campaign and that he doled out high-paying city jobs to political friends who were either underqualified or had undisclosed criminal pasts.
If it is true, as the old saw has it, that people are divided into those who eat to live and those who live to eat, then there is little doubt that Jason Epstein falls squarely into the latter category.
Former Times reporter Judith Miller, once jailed for 85 days for refusing to divulge sources, said if Miss Winter "worked for mainstream newspapers or CNN, I think the case would have been covered. There's a certain reluctance because it's Fox News."