Society of Co-opted Journalists Presents Inaugural Judy Miller Award to Bob Woodward
EWM- (November 17, 2005) In recognition of “outstanding duplicity and journalistic sycophancy while promoting an agenda on behalf of the subject of his reportage,” the Society of Co-opted Journalists will present its inaugural Judy Miller Award to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.
The award is named for New York Times reporter Judy Miller whose pioneering work in co-opted journalism assisted the Bush Administration in whipping up a war. Miller was recently shamed into resigning her position, but her legacy lives on through the daily carnival of carnage in Iraq and this new award.
“Bob Woodward’s recognition as the first Judy Miller Award winner is wonderfully symmetrical,” said SCJ President Toady Flackmaster.
“Judy is a modern-day Helen, the face that launched a thousand cruise missiles. As soon as we learned Woodward was keeping secrets to protect Administration officials that conspired against critics of Judy’s war even as he was attacking the Prosecutor investigating them, we knew had ourselves a winner,” added Flackmaster.
The award will help to ease the embarrassment Woodward suffered by having to publicly acknowledge that he’d been forced to testify about receiving the name of an undercover CIA operative from an Administration official, and apologize to his editors for keeping them in the dark about it.
“This is a certainly the icing on my journalistic cake,” noted Woodward. “The Judy Miller Award is more than a hunk of pig iron and plastic. It symbolizes how far I’ve come–from hanging out in parking garages with a guy named Deep Throat to having my own parking space at the White House,” said Woodward, adding that his next “insider” book on the Bush Administration will be on bookshelves in time for the holidays.
The award will be presented to Woodward at a White House gala with indicted Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby serving as master of ceremonies.
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and prewar WMD source Ahmed Chalabi who will serenade Miller and Woodward by performing the Frank Sinatra standard “I did it my way.”
The Society for Co-opted journalists will also present a lifetime achievement award to Fox News’ Brit Hume and bestow the coveted “Diamond Demagogue” trophy to talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
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