Here is a declaration made by a panelist during the most recent episode of Fox News Watch—the media-criticism show that is pretty much like CNN’s Reliable Sources save for its conspicuous lack of reliable sources—on the subject of 9/11:
Well, at that point, I was working at The New York Times, which won, I think, seven Pulitzers for the coverage we did of [the] lead up to that horrific event. I think it was an amazing period for news, Jon. I think that everybody finally caught up with the story of the formation of militant groups like Al Qaeda, like Jaish-e Mohammed, the names that we now take for granted, that we’re seeing all over the world. We began to understand what they were really up to, and it was a moment of incredible challenge for the media. And I think they rose pretty well to it at the beginning.
The speaker? Judy Miller. Yes, that Judy Miller.Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.