The Miller Mess: Lingering Issues Among the Answers - New York Times: "The Times must now face up to three major concerns raised by the leak investigation: First, the tendency by top editors to move cautiously to correct problems about prewar coverage. Second, the journalistic shortcuts taken by Ms. Miller. And third, the deferential treatment of Ms. Miller by editors who failed to dig into problems before they became a mess. "
What you have to love about the Times is that despite their often lame and carefully sculpted coverage of controversial stories they take themselves so seriously as the paper of record that they actually worry about their failings. In the case of the Plame outing story, and not least the out of control Judith Miller, the paper has a lot to explain to its readers.
Judging from the tough Maureen Dowd column on October 22, it seems that the public editor is speaking for many of the journalists at the Times:
It seems to me that whatever the limits put on her, the problems facing her inside and outside the newsroom will make it difficult for her to return to the paper as a reporter.