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  • The Scott Thomas Beauchamp " Shock Troops" Military Investigation, Statements 13-24

    01/21/2008 11:01:04 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies · 170+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | 1/21/2008 | Bob Owens
    Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating to the military investigation into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" article in The New Republic magazine. The following are the never-before published statements of soldiers interviewed in the course of the investigation. Names are redacted per federal privacy laws.
  • The Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" Military Investigation, Statements 13-24

    01/21/2008 12:59:49 PM PST · by enough_idiocy · 1 replies · 75+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | January 21, 2008 | Confederate Yankee
    Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating to the military investigation into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" article in The New Republic magazine. The following are the never-before published statements of soldiers interviewed in the course of the investigation. Names are redacted per federal privacy laws.
  • Foer's Folly Finally Falls Flat {The New Republic}

    12/02/2007 9:36:35 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 569+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 02, 2007 | Rick Moran
    It took four months of dodging, ducking, bobbing, and weaving, but bloggers have finally pinned Franklin Foer and The New Republic to the mat. Yesterday afternoon, Foer's online edition of the magazine published a long, self-pitying, highly defensive screed about the Scott Beauchamp articles that accused American soldiers of casual atrocities in Iraq in which the Editor of The New Republic admitted the magazine would no longer stand behind or vouch for their accuracy: "When I last spoke with Beauchamp in early November, he continued to stand by his stories. Unfortunately, the standards of this magazine require more than that....
  • Fog of War (TNR grudgingly admits it printed lies about US troops)

    12/02/2007 10:38:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 13 replies · 97+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 11/2/07 | Foer
    The story of our Baghdad Diarist. For months, our magazine has been subject to accusations that stories we published by an American soldier then serving in Iraq were fabricated. When these accusations first arose, we promised our readers a full account of our investigation. We spent the last four-and-a-half months re-reporting his stories. These are our findings. When Michael Goldfarb, a blogger for The Weekly Standard, left me a message on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-July, I didn't know him or his byline. And I certainly didn't anticipate that his message would become the starting point for a controversy. A...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-02-07 (KOmmies Angrily Defend The New Republic's Fabulist)

    12/02/2007 7:54:55 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies · 104+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 2, 2007 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    This is definitely a KOmmie THREAD that the Daily KOs would dearly wish to have disappeared down the memory hole. This thread titled, "Wingnut Thugs Personally Attack Soldier Serving In Iraq," was published in KOmmieland back in July. As you can see, the KOmmies are angrily attacking the "Wingnut Thugs" for daring to question the veracity of a soldier, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, whose allegations of atrocities in Iraq were published in The New Republic. One problem now for the KOmmies, it turns out that, in fact, the stories written by Beauchamp, The New Republic's Fabulist, were untrue. And WHO...
  • Foer of Fog

    12/02/2007 12:16:35 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Border Pundit Blog ^ | December 1, 2007
    Remember Scott Beauchamp? The soldier who wrote stories from the Middle East, about things like mocking a disfigured woman in a chow hall, running over a dog and wearing pieces of baby skull under helmets? The tales never rang true, but the editors of The New Republic ran with them like crack addicts looking for more baking soda. Now that TNR has posted a whinging, non-apology, Franklin Foer is your editorial man of the hour whose self-effacing pen is less mighty than his apparent ego. And that’s why there’s already a new movie out. See source for lotsa kewl links....
  • Fog of War (The New Republic finally folds on the Beauchamp story)

    12/01/2007 7:31:10 PM PST · by DesScorp · 2 replies · 39+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Dec. 1 2007 | Franklin Foer
    For months, our magazine has been subject to accusations that stories we published by an American soldier then serving in Iraq were fabricated. When these accusations first arose, we promised our readers a full account of our investigation. We spent the last four-and-a-half months re-reporting his stories. These are our findings. When Michael Goldfarb, a blogger for The Weekly Standard, left me a message on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-July, I didn't know him or his byline. And I certainly didn't anticipate that his message would become the starting point for a controversy.
  • Fog of War (TNR admits Beauchamp lied -- my title)

    12/01/2007 1:49:32 PM PST · by Talking_Mouse · 54 replies · 325+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 12/10/2007 | Franklin Foer
    For months, our magazine has been subject to accusations that stories we published by an American soldier then serving in Iraq were fabricated. When these accusations first arose, we promised our readers a full account of our investigation. We spent the last four-and-a-half months re-reporting his stories. These are our findings. ::very big snip:: In retrospect, we never should have put Beauchamp in this situation. He was a young soldier in a war zone, an untried writer without journalistic training. We published his accounts of sensitive events while granting him the shield of anonymity--which, in the wrong hands, can become...
  • Slandering the American Soldier - An American media tradition.

    11/12/2007 1:06:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies · 108+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2007 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    November 12, 2007, 0:00 a.m. Slandering the American Soldier An American media tradition. By Mackubin Thomas Owens  As anyone who has not been vacationing on the moon knows, The New Republic embarrassed itself this summer by publishing and defending a series of stories by one Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an active-duty soldier serving in Iraq. As we know, Beauchamp told of his comrades in Iraq mocking a woman horribly scarred by an IED, wrote of another wearing part of a human skull, and depicted yet another using a Bradley fighting vehicle to run over stray dogs. All of the stories...
  • A Scott Beauchamp Update (or How To Say Nothing in 1000 Words)

    10/26/2007 10:43:12 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 38 replies · 59+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Oct. 26,2007 | Unknown
    A Scott Beauchamp Update Since our last statement on “Shock Troops,” a Diarist by Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp that we published in our July 23 issue, we have continued our investigation into the article’s veracity. On Wednesday, for a brief period, The Drudge Report posted several documents from the Army’s own investigation into Beauchamp’s claims. Among those documents was a transcript of a phone conversation that TNR Editor Franklin Foer and TNR Executive Editor J. Peter Scoblic had with Beauchamp on September 6—the first time the Army had granted TNR permission to speak with Beauchamp since it cut off...
  • Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances: Pass it Along

    10/25/2007 12:38:36 PM PDT · by PurpleMan · 8 replies · 54+ views
    Michael Yon On-Line Magazine ^ | October 25, 2007 | Michael Yon
    "Beauchamp is young; under pressure he made a dumb mistake. In fact, he has not always been an ideal soldier. But to his credit, the young soldier decided to stay, and he is serving tonight in a dangerous part of Baghdad. He might well be seriously injured or killed here, and he knows it. He could have quit, but he did not. He faced his peers. I can only imagine the cold shoulders, and worse, he must have gotten. He could have left the unit, but LTC Glaze told me that Beauchamp wanted to stay and make it right. Whatever...
  • Beauchamp and the Rule of Second Chances: Pass it Along [Michael Yon]

    10/25/2007 9:17:47 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 45 replies · 200+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 10/25/2007 | Michael Yon
    The story of General Petraeus getting accidentally shot in the chest is a case in point. One of his own soldiers had pulled the trigger. Normally, something very bad would have happened to that soldier and his commander. Instead Petraeus sent that soldier to Ranger School, and his Captain (Fred Johnson) was promoted early. In June, I witnessed LTC Fred Johnson helping to restore security and rebuild Baqubah. Fred Johnson is a believer in second chances. Some months ago, a soldier in Baghdad wrote a piece on the way war can degrade the morals and affect the judgment of combat...
  • Shattered Diarist: Ask Peter Arnett for advice next time

    10/25/2007 7:58:45 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 7 replies · 89+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 25, 2007 | James S. Robbins
    Shattered Diarist Ask Peter Arnett for advice next time. It was nice to see the Scott Thomas Beauchamp/New Republic scandal back up on the radar screen yesterday. There was never a satisfactory conclusion to the story; it just faded out over the summer. Now it is back in a big way, with the Drudge Report releasing internal Army documents related to the case, and a very revealing transcript of a conversation between Beauchamp, various luminaries from The New Republic, and Beauchamp’s TNR-supplied lawyer. Shattered Diarist 10/25 Divide and Concur 10/12 Osama, Take II 09/12 Not Osama’s Best Work 09/08 Iran’s...
  • Baghdad Diarist [Beauchamp] On Guard When Questioned By Editors

    10/25/2007 3:14:06 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 22 replies · 125+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2007 | Howard Kurtz
    The soldier whose New Republic article about military cruelty in Iraq was labeled false by Army investigators refused to defend his accusations when questioned by the magazine, even after being told that the editors could no longer support him unless he cooperated.In a recorded Sept. 6 conversation, the writer, Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, said from Iraq that the controversy had "spun out of control" and had become "insane" and "ridiculous" and concluded: "I'm not going to talk to anyone about anything." Beauchamp stood his ground even after Editor Franklin Foer told him "that if you're not able to talk about...
  • That Took Foerever: Beauchamp Story Collapses

    10/25/2007 2:24:11 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 13 replies · 23+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 24, 2007 | Michael Goldfarb
    The Drudge Report has posted a a series of documents that reveal the lengths to which the New Republic’s editors, specifically Frank Foer and Peter Scoblic, went to cover up the truth about the Scott Beauchamp stories. This is the end of the road, and a long road it's been.
  • Hemingway, Under Glass (UPDATE: TNR Shut Down Beauchamp)

    10/24/2007 6:12:45 PM PDT · by jdm · 6 replies · 54+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | October 24, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Matt Drudge has announced his acquisition of documents from the Army investigation into allegations of misconduct made by Private Scott Beauchamp, and they make The New Republic look like the Nixon administration for stonewalling. He provides PDFs of the documents as support as well. Beauchamp admitted to investigators that he made up most of the stories, including the most disturbing tale of troops harassing a disfigured woman, as well as running over dogs in armored personnel carriers. Why did Beauchamp tell these lies? He had literary aspirations and didn't mind libeling his comrades to achieve them: Army Investigation: Tales "Completely...
  • Drudge vs. TNR

    10/24/2007 4:38:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 47+ views
    Slate ^ | Oct. 24, 2007 | Michael Weiss
    Drudge vs. TNR: Early Wednesday afternoon, the Drudge Report posted a red-letter item about the controversy surrounding the New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist," Scott Beauchamp. Beauchamp is a soldier serving in Iraq whose dispatches telling of outrageous behavior by U.S. troops—belittling a woman scarred by an IED, wearing a skull fragment from the remains of a child found in one of Saddam's mass graves, and intentionally trying to kill dogs with armored vehicles—came under intense scrutiny from conservative bloggers over the summer. TNR issued a statement on Aug. 10 saying it was investigating the veracity of the reports but hasn't commented...
  • Drudge: The Beauchamp transcripts; Foer to Beauchamp:

    10/24/2007 4:23:44 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 4 replies · 43+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Oct 24 2007 | Malkin
    Drudge: The Beauchamp transcripts; Foer to Beauchamp: “Let us control the way this story proceeds;” Foer exploits Beauchamp’s wife: “Ellie sent me an e-mail to tell you that it’s the most important thing in the world for her that you say that you didn’t recant;” Update: Foer whines, attacks the military again By Michelle Malkin • October 24, 2007 01:30 PM Update 6:50pm Eastern. Franklin Foer comes out from under his desk to whine to the NY Observer about the transcripts being leaked. All of this damning transcript evidence of TNR’s attempts to cover up, and what does Foer do?...
  • THE NEW REPUBLIC 'SHOCK TROOPS' STORY COLLAPSES(Pvt.Beauchamp`s Fabrications)

    10/24/2007 10:15:50 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 45 replies · 83+ views
    http://www.drudgereport.com ^ | Oct 24 2007 12:29:44 ET | DrudgeReport
    SHOCK DOCS: THE NEW REPUBLIC 'SHOCK TROOPS' STORY COLLAPSES WED Oct 24 2007 12:29:44 ET The DRUDGE REPORT has optained internal documents from the investigation of THE NEW REPUBLIC'S "Baghdad Diarist", Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private turned war correspondent who reported tales of military malfeasance from the Iraq War front. The documents appear to expose that once the veracity of Beauchamp's diaries were called into question, and an Army investigation ensued, THE NEW REPUBLIC has failed to publicly account for publishing slanderous falsehoods about the U.S. military in a time of war. Document 1: Beauchamp Refuses to Stand by...
  • SHOCK DOCS: THE NEW REPUBLIC 'SHOCK TROOPS' STORY COLLAPSES

    10/24/2007 10:33:54 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 98 replies · 262+ views
    Drudge ^ | 10/24/2007 | Matt Drudge
    SHOCK DOCS: THE NEW REPUBLIC 'SHOCK TROOPS' STORY COLLAPSESWED Oct 24 2007 12:29:44 ET The DRUDGE REPORT has optained internal documents from the investigation of THE NEW REPUBLIC'S "Baghdad Diarist", Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private turned war correspondent who reported tales of military malfeasance from the Iraq War front. The documents appear to expose that once the veracity of Beauchamp's diaries were called into question, and an Army investigation ensued, THE NEW REPUBLIC has failed to publicly account for publishing slanderous falsehoods about the U.S. military in a time of war. Document 1: Beauchamp Refuses to Stand by...
  • It's the coverup that kills you, part 3 (Continued bias...lies)

    10/22/2007 8:35:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 1 replies · 74+ views
    Power Line ^ | October 22, 2007 | Scott Johnson
    It’s been another week without word from the New Republic on the status of its "investigation" into the columns of TNR Baghdad Diarist Scott Thomas Beauchamp. "The editors" have not spoken on the matter since their (August 10 update). At that time "the editors" spoke grandly of their "commitment to the truth" and their efforts to resolve the "legitimate concerns about journalistic accuracy" that had been raised by the critics of Beauchamp's TNR Baghdad Diarist columns. They also said they took those concerns "extremely seriously." Ten weeks later, however, their promises have proved empty. "The editors" think they can stonewall...
  • The thuggery of William Kristol (Beauchamp Barf Alert!)

    08/22/2007 3:29:23 PM PDT · by inkling · 10 replies · 711+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 08/22/2007 | Jonathan Chait
    It's hard to believe that, not so long ago, neoconservative foreign policy thinking overflowed with ideas and idealism. The descent has been steep, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the pages of The Weekly Standard--particularly in William Kristol's editorials, which have come to consist of stubborn denials of any bad news, diatribes about internal enemies, and harangues against the cowardice of Republican dissenters. Kristol's sensibility is perfectly summed up in one representative passage from a recent issue. The topic was The New Republic's decision to publish an essay by Scott Beauchamp, an American soldier serving in Iraq, detailing...
  • How the New Republic Got Suckered [by 'Baghdad diarist' who alleged bad behavior by fellow soldiers]

    08/20/2007 9:13:06 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 34 replies · 1,624+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 20, 2007 | Richard Miniter
    When Pajamas Media heard the authenticity questions surrounding the “Baghdad Diarist” articles by Scott Thomas Beauchamp in The New Republic, we asked our Washington Editor Richard Miniter to look into how the respected opinion magazine could once again be the locus of such a scandal. Miniter spoke with several people involved in the extraordinary story, including the whistle-blower and a German woman who was Beauchamp’s fiancée until just before he married, of all people, Miniter discovered, a fact-checker at The New Republic. That fiancée said of her former boyfriend, the soldier/reporter: “He hates the army. The only reason he joined...
  • It's Not Just Scott Beauchamp

    08/16/2007 9:51:22 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 42 replies · 1,471+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 08-16-2007 | By Randall Hoven
    It's Not Just Scott Beauchamp By Randall Hoven "Matt Drudge's role in the Monica Lewinski scandal] strikes me as a new and graphic power of the Internet to influence mainstream journalism. And I suspect that over the next couple of years that impact will grow to the point where it will damage journalism's ability to do its job professionally, to check out information before publication, to be mindful of the necessity to publish and broadcast reliable, substantiated information." -- Marvin Kalb in 1998 Scott Beauchamp was the last straw. I realized that I need a scorecard to keep track of...
  • No More Anonymous, Please!(Victor Davis Hanson)

    08/16/2007 5:57:48 AM PDT · by kellynla · 186 replies · 2,948+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | August 16, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The New Republic magazine recently ran into big trouble for publishing a first-person account of military savagery in Iraq. The author, Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, used the pseudonym "Scott Thomas" to write of the debasement of war that he claims he saw in the cauldron of Iraq. But it was soon discovered that one of the gruesome "wartime" incidents the private described -- the author, desensitized by war, mocking a disfigured woman -- took place in Kuwait before his unit actually went into Iraq. And when, post-publication, The New Republic rechecked Beauchamp's other suspicious anecdotes and assured its readers they...
  • “Baghdad Diarist” a Fraud?

    08/14/2007 8:25:08 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 326+ views
    azconservative ^ | 11 August 2007 | John Semmens
    It looks like The New Republic’s series of stories by a soldier serving in Iraq may be bogus. Since early this year, the magazine has been running articles alleging sadism and cruelty is common among U.S. troops stationed in the country. The stories were all written under a pseudonym, so it has been difficult to try to track down the events described. Recently, though, Pvt. Scott Beauchamp, of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, has come forward as the author. Given this lead, Army investigators have been unable to confirm that any of the incidents mentioned in his “diary” actually took...
  • Outpost of U.S. valor

    08/14/2007 6:19:12 AM PDT · by RDTF · 10 replies · 619+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 14, 2007 | Kathleen Parker
    Chances are good that more Americans have heard of Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp than Cpl. Zebulon "Zeb" Webberley. Both are serving in Iraq. -snip- Whether his accounts are true -- or a little bit true -- or not has been a subject of debate, primarily among journalists and the U.S. Army. TNR stands by Beauchamp's claims; the Army says the writer-soldier's accounts are false. -snip- First, a few words from Webberley: "Sir, I will die for this post. I have told all of my Marines that no matter what happens out here, we will hold this position at all costs."...
  • NYS: Brawley Case of the South

    08/10/2007 9:07:07 AM PDT · by OESY · 29 replies · 1,328+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 10, 2007 | JOHN LEO
    If anyone ever starts a museum of horrible explanations, the one-liner by Newsweek's Evan Thomas about his magazine's dubious reporting on the Duke non-rape case— "The narrative was right but the facts were wrong" —is destined to become a popular exhibit, right up there with "we had to destroy the village to save it." What Mr. Thomas seems to mean is that the newsroom view of the lacrosse players as privileged, sexist, and arrogant white male jocks was the correct angle on the story. It wasn't. According to Duke's female lacrosse team and other women on campus, the male players...
  • A Scott Beauchamp Update (TNR Online)

    08/11/2007 4:33:15 AM PDT · by BillCompton · 30 replies · 1,017+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 08.10.07 | he Editors
    For several weeks now, questions have been raised about Scott Beauchamp's Baghdad Diarist "Shock Troops." While many of these questions have been formulated by people with ideological agendas, we recognize that there are legitimate concerns about journalistic accuracy. We at The New Republic take these concerns extremely seriously. This is why we have sought to re-report the story, in the process speaking with five soldiers in Beauchamp's company who substantiate the events described in Beauchamp's essay. Indeed, we continue to investigate the anecdotes recounted in the Baghdad Diarist. Unfortunately, our efforts have been severely hampered by the U.S. Army. Although...
  • The New Republic Just Doesn't Get It

    08/10/2007 6:05:06 PM PDT · by bocopar · 17 replies · 759+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 8/10/07 | Bob Parks
    As many of us know, the "Baghdad Diarist" and the details of the "activities" of his American Army buddies have been, by his own recants, shown to be fictitious. However, The New Republic who published those "stories" continues to operate under assumptions borne of arrogance and ignorance.... Their latest "update" on Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp ended like this.... Here's what we know: On July 26, Beauchamp told us that he signed several statements under what he described as pressure from the Army. He told us that these statements did not contradict his articles. Moreover, on the same day he signed...
  • Ambition Rots Army Blogger, Not Iraq War

    08/10/2007 5:36:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 489+ views
    IBD ^ | August 10, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    For a month, the veracity of the New Republic's Scott Beauchamp, the Army private who has been sending dispatches from the front in Iraq, has been in dispute. His latest "Baghdad Diarist" (July 13) recounted three incidents of American soldiers engaged in acts of unusual callousness. The stories were meant to shock. And they did. In one, the driver of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle amused himself by running over dogs, crippling and killing them. In another, a fellow soldier wore on his head and under his helmet a part of a child's skull dug from a grave. The most ghastly...
  • Journalistic Fraud Damages 'Mainstream' Credibility

    08/10/2007 4:10:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 342+ views
    CNSNews ^ | August 10, 2007 | Nathan Burchfiel
    As yet another news outlet finds itself embroiled in a fabrication controversy, media ethics analysts are encouraging the industry to reevaluate its approach toward ethical standards. But they are also encouraging news consumers to not consider the scandals as representative of widespread credibility problems. The New Republic (TNR) magazine has come under fire from conservative media in recent weeks over its "Baghdad Diarist," an Army private hired by the magazine to write a column about his experiences in Iraq. Analysts have accused Pvt. Scott Beauchamp of lying about his experiences and exaggerating three specific stories in an attempt to shed...
  • A Scott Beauchamp Update

    08/10/2007 2:05:18 PM PDT · by inkling · 31 replies · 1,441+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Aug. 10, 2007 | The Editors
    For several weeks now, questions have been raised about Scott Beauchamp's Baghdad Diarist "Shock Troops." While many of these questions have been formulated by people with ideological agendas, we recognize that there are legitimate concerns about journalistic accuracy. We at The New Republic take these concerns extremely seriously. This is why we have sought to re-report the story, in the process speaking with five soldiers in Beauchamp's company who substantiate the events described in Beauchamp's essay. Indeed, we continue to investigate the anecdotes recounted in the Baghdad Diarist. Unfortunately, our efforts have been severely hampered by the U.S. Army. Although...
  • Monster in our midst (Beauchamp)

    08/10/2007 6:07:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 882+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 10 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>For a month, the veracity of The New Republic's Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the Army private who has been sending dispatches from the front in Iraq, has been in dispute. His latest "Baghdad Diarist" (July 13) recounted three incidents of American soldiers engaged in acts of unusual callousness. The stories were meant to shock. And they did.</p>
  • Inventing Atrocities .... A media tradition.

    08/10/2007 4:53:25 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 21 replies · 1,112+ views
    National Review ^ | August 10, 2007 | James S. Robbins
    In January 1944, The New York Times Magazine published an essay by Arthur Koestler entitled “On Disbelieving Atrocities.” It conveyed his frustration at trying to communicate what he and others had seen taking place in Nazi-dominated Europe. The events that came to be known as the Holocaust were not unknown by this time, but they were not widely accepted as true. “I have been lecturing now for three years to the troops and their attitude is the same,” he wrote. “They don't believe in concentration camps, they don't believe in the starved children of Greece, in the shot hostages of...
  • Exposing callousness in the army

    08/10/2007 4:30:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,065+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>WASHINGTON -- For a month, the veracity of The New Republic's Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the Army private who has been sending dispatches from the front in Iraq, has been in dispute. His latest "Baghdad Diarist" (July 13) recounted three incidents of American soldiers engaged in acts of unusual callousness. The stories were meant to shock. And they did.</p>
  • Even A TNR Expert Now Signs A Retraction (TNR ship sinking faster....)

    08/09/2007 12:36:45 PM PDT · by Renfield · 6 replies · 792+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | 8-9-07 | Ace
    Well, not so much a retraction because he says he didn't really say what TNR claims he did -- fully "confirming" a Bradley could do what Scott Beauchamp says it did. Confederate Yankee actually tracked down TNR's expert on this and asked him what the Bradley could do -- and, even more importantly, what exactly TNR asked him before reporting he'd fully corroborated the account. '...[T]he TNR researcher did not provide the text of "Shock Troops" for Mr. Coffery [the Bradley expert] to review, and only asked the vaguest possible questions. It seems rather obvious that this was not an...
  • Army Denounces 3 Articles Written by GI

    08/09/2007 1:49:33 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 4 replies · 632+ views
    Associated Press/Peoplepc Online ^ | August 9, 2007 | Staff
    NEW YORK - A magazine gets a hot story straight from a soldier in Iraq and publishes his writing, complete with gory details, under a pseudonym. The stories are chilling: An Iraqi boy befriends American troops and later has his tongue cut out by insurgents. Soldiers mock a disfigured woman sitting near them in a dining hall. As a diversion, soldiers run over dogs with armored personnel carriers. Compelling stuff, and, according to the Army, not true. Three articles by the soldier have run since January in The New Republic, a liberal magazine with a small circulation owned by Canadian...
  • New Republic Iraq stories questioned (What's up with Pvt. Beauchamp aka "Scott Thomas" anyway?)

    08/08/2007 9:20:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 896+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/07 | John Milburn and Ellen Somin - ap
    NEW YORK - A magazine gets a hot story straight from a soldier in Iraq and publishes his writing, complete with gory details, under a pseudonym. The stories are chilling: An Iraqi boy befriends American troops and later has his tongue cut out by insurgents. Soldiers mock a disfigured woman sitting near them in a dining hall. As a diversion, soldiers run over dogs with armored personnel carriers. Compelling stuff, and, according to the Army, not true. Three articles by the soldier have run since January in The New Republic, a liberal magazine with a small circulation owned by Canadian...
  • Coulter: Absolutely fabulist

    08/08/2007 2:18:44 PM PDT · by JWR_Editor · 80 replies · 4,490+ views
    JewishWorldReview.com ^ | 8/8/07 | Ann Coulter
    In their latest demonstration of how much they love the troops, liberals have produced yet another anti-war hoax.
  • Reporter's Fibs Show Disdain For U.S. Troops

    08/08/2007 5:39:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,084+ views
    IBD ^ | August 8, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    The tale of Army Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the discredited "Baghdad Diarist" for the discredited New Republic magazine, is an old tale: Self-aggrandizing soldier recounts war atrocities. Media outlets disseminate soldier's tales uncritically. Military folks smell a rat and poke holes in tales too good (or rather, bad) to be true. Soldier's ideological sponsors blame the messengers for exposing anti-war fraud. Beauchamp belongs in the same ward as John F. Kerry, the original infectious agent of the toxic American disease known as Winter Soldier Syndrome. The ward is filling up. U.S. military investigators concluded this week that Beauchamp concocted allegations...
  • The New Republic - Mendacity Unlimited (The Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp Affair)

    08/08/2007 12:41:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 801+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 8, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Surprisingly enough, there’s actually something interesting in Howard Kurtz’ characteristically lifeless rundown on the Scott Beauchamp drama. As usual, Kurtz entered the fray days late and with little to add. Nonetheless, he concluded his piece in compelling fashion by quoting GWU journalism professor Mark Feldstein. “There is a cloud over the New Republic, but there's one hanging over the Army, as well,” Feldstein noted. “Each investigated this and cleared themselves, but they both have vested interests.” Feldstein must not have gotten Franklin Foer’s memo. The Baghdad Diarists were supposed to represent one soldier’s “discrete” impressions of the war and how...
  • New Republic Refuses to Retract Thomas 'Reports'

    In the New York Times this morning: In an e-mail message, Mr. Foer said, "Thus far, we've been provided no evidence that contradicts our original statement, despite directly asking the military for any such evidence it might have," adding, "We hope the military will share what it has learned so that we can resolve this discrepancy."
  • Winter Soldier Syndrome

    08/08/2007 2:04:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 904+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2007 | Michelle Malin
    The tale of Army Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the discredited "Baghdad Diarist" for the discredited New Republic magazine, is an old tale: Self-aggrandizing soldier recounts war atrocities. Media outlets disseminate soldier's tales uncritically. Military folks smell a rat and poke holes in tales too good (or rather, bad) to be true. Soldier's ideological sponsors blame the messengers for exposing anti-war fraud. Beauchamp belongs in the same ward as John F. Kerry, the original infectious agent of the toxic American disease known as Winter Soldier Syndrome. The ward is filling up. U.S. military investigators concluded this week that Beauchamp concocted allegations...
  • Winter Soldier Syndrome

    08/08/2007 7:42:54 AM PDT · by pissant · 29 replies · 651+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 8/8/07 | Michelle Malkin
    The tale of Army Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the discredited “Baghdad Diarist” for the discredited New Republic magazine, is an old tale: Self-aggrandizing soldier recounts war atrocities. Media outlets disseminate soldier’s tales uncritically. Military folks smell a rat and poke holes in tales too good (or rather, bad) to be true. Soldier’s ideological sponsors blame the messengers for exposing anti-war fraud. Beauchamp belongs in the same ward as John F. Kerry, the original infectious agent of the toxic American disease known as Winter Soldier Syndrome. The ward is filling up. U.S. military investigators concluded this week that Beauchamp concocted allegations...
  • Army Concludes Baghdad Diarist Accounts Untrue

    08/08/2007 4:26:18 AM PDT · by Renfield · 25 replies · 888+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8-08-07 | Howard Kurtz
    Army investigators have concluded that the private whose dispatches for the New Republic accused his fellow soldiers of petty cruelties in Iraq was not telling the truth.... ~~~Snip~~~ An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by Pvt. Beauchamp were found to be false," an Army statement said. "His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims."... ~~~Snip~~~
  • Army Says Soldier’s Articles for Magazine Were False

    08/07/2007 6:42:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 72 replies · 1,912+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2007 | PATRICIA COHEN
    An Army investigation into the Baghdad Diarist, a soldier in Iraq who wrote anonymous columns for The New Republic, has concluded that the sometimes shockingly cruel reports were false. “We are not going into the details of the investigation,” Maj. Steven F. Lamb, deputy public affairs officer in Baghdad, wrote in an e-mail message. “The allegations are false, his platoon and company were interviewed, and no one could substantiate the claims he made.” The brief statement, however, left many questions unanswered. Just last week The New Republic published on its Web site the results of its own investigation, stating that...
  • Saving Private Beauchamp (Warning: Andrew Sullivan)

    08/07/2007 5:37:42 PM PDT · by Checkers · 13 replies · 1,068+ views
    andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com ^ | 02 Aug 2007 04:37 pm | Andrew Sullivan
    Read TNR's accounting. It is as I predicted: honorable and, except for one small inaccuracy, it checks out. All the aspects aggressively challenged by the usual propaganda organs have been verified and corroborated. The military is now conducting its own investigation. Given the record of such formal investigations, I'm not as confident in the Pentagon as I am in TNR. Can we now expect apologies from the people who smeared and maligned the magazine and its soldier-reporter? I doubt it. The attackers are not the kind to acknowledge their own errors.
  • Don't Beauchamp that joint

    08/07/2007 5:28:15 PM PDT · by Checkers · 5 replies · 601+ views
    Powerline ^ | August 7, 2007 | Scott Johnson
    The final chapter in the Scott Thomas Beauchamp saga has yet to be written, but Mark Steyn makes a point that should be kept in mind if Michael Goldfarb's intelilgence bears out: "If that Weekly Standard story is correct, it moves Private Beauchamp into full-blown Stephen Glass territory. In essence, they made the same mistakes all over again - falling for pat cinematic vividness, pseudo-novelistic dialogue, all designed to confirm prejudices so ingrained the editors didn't even recognize they were being pandered to. But this time they did it in war, which is worse." Recall that nearly thirty of the...
  • Place Your Bets! Introducing the Franklin Foer Dead Pool!

    08/07/2007 5:16:12 PM PDT · by Checkers · 13 replies · 634+ views
    hughhewitt.townhall.com ^ | Tuesday, August 07, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Let’s review the past 18 hours of New Republic death rattles. Last night, Michael Goldfarb reported that Scott Beauchamp “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.’” Today, TNR responded with a terse non-denial denial that quoted Army spokesman Major Steven Lamb saying in regards to Beauchamp’s sworn statement, “I have no knowledge of that. If someone is speaking anonymously, they are on their own.” Remember, one of the burning issues here is whether or not The New Republic is being forthright and...