The guy ABC news hired as a terrorism consultant five years ago was just forced to resign after it was revealed he lied about everything. Frenchman Alexis Debat’s academic credentials were faked. His Washington “connections” were a sham. And all those published interviews with the biggest names in government were completely made up.
Debat also resigned (on Thursday) his position as a senior fellow on counterterrorism issues at the Nixon Center.
I guess Judith Miller was luckier than Debat. Miller lied and lied in the pages of The New York Times. After leaving the paper, she was hired by The Manhattan Institute, which Miller says “is doing pioneering work in policing and counter-terrorism.” (At least at this right-wing establishment, she doesn’t have to pretend to be “objective.”)
So what’s up with ABC and these think tanks? If you say the “right” words in this paranoid climate you get a high-paying job? They’ll take any old fool as a “counterterrorism expert?”