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By Todd Beamon | Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 09:23 PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Judith Miller told Newsmax TV on Thursday that the goal of her latest book was to encourage people to "be very skeptical of everything we in the press say."
"That even the most respected, reputable organizations do things that are often times contrary to the truth and that they ought to question everything they hear from everyone," Miller, a former reporter for The New York Times, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview.
"I wanted to take people inside journalism and to make them understand what a really shabby shape the profession is in today."
Miller’s book, "The Story: A Reporter’s Journey," was released in paperback last week.
Using the 2003 Valerie Plame scandal as a backdrop, Miller discusses how Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, was wrongfully convicted and the dangers from reporters not checking their sources.
Now a commentator for Fox News, Miller, 68, spent three months in jail for refusing to disclose her sources in the Plame case. She left the Times in 2005.
"I worked for what I consider one of the best papers in the country for 28 years, and yet when push came to shove they would really not do the right thing by their readers," she told Malzberg. "The paper stood by me when I went to jail for the First Amendment.
"I had no complaints about that and I wasn’t fired.
"It wasn’t really about Scooter Libby," Miller continued. "It was about sources. It was about can you protect your sources — and, believe me, the prosecutor wanted to know all of them.
"Scooter Libby was a public servant, whether or not you agree with him," she added. "He was an extraordinary man and would give his life to public service.
"When I found out that I had given an error, that I had testified in error against him, I felt I had to write the book to set my record straight, to talk to people about what I got wrong."