When journalists eat their own
The Guardian’s Gary Younge covers Miller’s “resignation” (scare quotes are Younge’s as well), but more fascinating to me are the down and dirty details of the infighting at the Times which appear to have presaged her departure. Miller has posted to her own website her closing NYT missive, along with several enlightening letters/responses that she’s written to various colleagues who publicly criticized her on the pages of the NYT. I don’t know whether or not Miller really deserves the vitriol heaped on her from some of them, but I must confess (not without some shame) to a bit of schadenfreude when a journalist falls prey to the type of reporting so often inflicted on others.
Miller puts her resignation in part down to the fact that she has “become the news, something a New York Times reporter never wants to be.” Given the inside knowledge they must have of the way NYT reporters often report the news, it’s no wonder they would want to avoid becoming its subject. But frankly I think it would do a world of good for reporters, not just at the Times but elsewhere as well, to become the object of news stories. Given the power that people in the media have to shape opinion and therefore influence public policy discussions and decisions, I think shining a light on who those people are, what they think, and most importantly how they go about shaping those opinions and influencing those discussions is a pretty good idea. This is what “media correspondents” ought to be doing…looking critically at what reporters at other news outlets are doing.