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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

There is a state named Nevada

The New Republic/Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy is still ongoing. With every passing day, it looks more like TNR has again passed off lies and fabrications.

Its been admitted by TNR that the woman with the melted face due to an IED, was misreported as having taken place in Iraq at FOB Falcon. Instead the magazine and Beauchamp admit now the incident took place in Kuwait instead, at Camp Buehring.

In the meantime, the US Army began investigating Beauchamp and what he wrote for TNR. From USA Today-

U.S. military investigators have concluded that a low-level soldier in Iraq made up allegations of misconduct that he described in a series of essays for The New Republic.


This morning, military officials said their review is over. "The investigation is complete and the allegations from PVT Beauchamp are false," Maj. Steven Lamb, a spokesman for Multi National Division-Baghdad, says in an e-mail to On Deadline. "Anything that may or may not happen from his actions are personnel related and we don't share that publicly."

On the very same day, TNR again responded to the most recent criticisms being made of the magazine.

We've talked to military personnel directly involved in the events that Scott Thomas Beauchamp described, and they corroborated his account as detailed in our statement. When we called Army spokesman Major Steven F. Lamb and asked about an anonymously sourced allegation that Beauchamp had recanted his articles in a sworn statement, he told us, "I have no knowledge of that." He added, "If someone is speaking anonymously [to The Weekly Standard], they are on their own." When we pressed Lamb for details on the Army investigation, he told us, "We don't go into the details of how we conduct our investigations."
The people at TNR are either lying or all in a state of denial. Beauchamp's articles have been debunked not just by bloggers but the military too. I'm one of the magazine's readers, and I don't believe what Beauchamp wrote either. Are we all part of some conspiracy to take down a magazine that has barely 60,000 subscribers?

Hardly, as I've said from the bgeinning, I really hoped the magazine hadn't been hoodwinked again. They have, and Franklin Foer should resign. His defense of the magazine instead of admitting mistakes were made, has only made the situation worse. TNR's credibility has been destroyed once again, and its been a self inflicted wound.

One parting comment on a AP article that's gotten much attention in the blogosphere. Written by John Milburn and Ellen Simon, it said in the very last paragraph.

In 1998, the magazine fired Stephen Glass after reports surfaced that he had enhanced a story about computer hackers.
Enhanced? The entire story was made up, not a bit of it was true.(Except as Adam Penenberg said in Shattered Glass, "There does appear to be a state in the union named Nevada") Is enhanced the new MSM word for when a reporter lies in an article?

Linked to- Adam, Amboy Times, Right Wing Nation, Stuck on Stupid,

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