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August 7, 2007

A 'Fitting End' To The Scott Thomas Beauchamp Story

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

We're talking 'fitting' as in OJ's glove - and it's "crow-eating" time for TNR. What The New Republic swallowed all too willingly - hook, "lyin," and sinker, and published as truth, was nothing more than ""exaggerations and falsehoods--fabrications containing only "a smidgen of truth."" (hat tip - Flopping Aces)

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp--author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic's July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns--signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods--fabrications containing only "a smidgen of truth," in the words of our source.

Separately, we received this statement from Major Steven F. Lamb, the deputy Public Affairs Officer for Multi National Division-Baghdad:

An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.
According to the military source, Beauchamp's recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military's investigation.
As Powerline points out, "The New Republic didn't bother to verify Beauchamp's stories, apparently because it found them to be self-authenticating: a depiction of America's soldiers that just had to be true. It appears that Beauchamp's yarns will be another chapter in the sad history of "fake, and not accurate, either" news stories."

And in a passing note, let's not forget that The Nation has a little crow to eat of its own, in that it relished criticizing The Weekly Standard just a little too much, and wrongly, when it questioned its sources and suggested that the "neoconservative Weekly Standard's Matthew Goldfarb's" sources were wrong. Now, of course, the U.S. military has confirmed the fact that Beuchamp's story was bogus.

Posted by Abdul at August 7, 2007 3:07 AM

Let's remember that the new Managing Editor of TNR, Franklin Foer, is the degenerate spawn of one of the farthest left "historians" on the fake-history bash-the-USA academicide front. Papa Foer has won many historical prizes for consistently unmaksing the evils in America, especially during the Reconstruction, and still presides at Columbia U., where "left" means "centrist" and "centrists" don't exist.

Evil Poppa begets evil son who enables evil chronicler. Just connect the dots. No fault on the left, as Mark Rudd told me decades ago when I was a deluded SDS volunteer. He smoked my dope & left me with the advice, "Dare to cheat, dare to win." Could be Columbia U's motto! At least when CSJ hands out Pulitzers!

Posted by: daveinboca at August 7, 2007 9:05 AM

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