The Goodbye Girl
NYTimes is reporting that Judy Miller is “retiring” from the paper, effective today.
Lawyers for Ms. Miller and the paper negotiated a severance package whose details they would not disclose. Under the agreement, Ms. Miller will retire from the newspaper, and The Times will print a letter she wrote to the editor explaining her position. Ms. Miller originally demanded that she be able to write an essay for the paper’s Op-Ed page refuting the allegations against her, the lawyers said. The Times refused that demand – Gail Collins, editor of the editorial page, said, “We don’t use the Op-Ed page for back and forth between one part of the paper and another” – but agreed to let her to write the letter.
In that letter, to be published in Thursday’s New York Times under the heading, “Judith Miller’s Farewell,” Ms. Miller said she was leaving partly because some of her colleagues disagreed with her decision to testify in the case.
“But mainly,” she wrote, “I have chosen to resign because over the last few months, I have become the news, something a New York Times reporter never wants to be.”
Well, that’s the understatement of the year. The Times story contains a link to Keller’s e-mail to NYTimes colleagues about Judy leaving.
Don’t let the door…ahhh, who the hell cares. Buh bye.