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  • ‘Tantalizing’ discovery of ancient tool in Oregon prompts ‘extreme skepticism’

    03/06/2015 5:05:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Sarah Larimer
    “The discovery of this tool below a layer of undisturbed ash that dates to 15,800 years old means that this tool is likely more than 15,800 years old, which would suggest the oldest human occupation west of the Rockies,” U.S. Bureau of Land Management Burns District archaeologist Scott Thomas said in the release. But! Don’t get too excited, because the Associated Press spoke with Donald K. Grayson, a professor of archaeology at the University of Washington, and he didn’t seem completely sold on the find just yet.
  • Family Of Kidnapped Louisiana Woman Bethany Arceneaux Kill Her Captor

    11/09/2013 3:07:39 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 63 replies
    opposing views.com ^ | 11/9/2013 | Allison Geller
    The family of a kidnapped woman in Duson, La., Bethany Arceneaux, took justice into their own hands Friday when they rescued Arceneaux from her captor, Scott Thomas, killing Thomas in the scuffle that ensued. Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped on Wednesday from a child-care center parking lot by Thomas, 29, the father of her son, reported The Advertiser. Their two-year-old son was in her car at the time, and was not harmed. Arceneaux’s family received a tip that she was being kept in an abandoned house nearby. As law enforcement had not yet acted, a half dozen family members assembled at...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Apocalypse No

    10/26/2007 5:48:58 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 30 replies · 34+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, October 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT | Peggy Noonan
    "I love chicks that have been intimate with EDS's," he announced to his fellow soldiers sitting in the chow tent in Camp Falcon in Baghdad. "It really turns me on--melted skin, missing limbs, plastic noses." The soldiers laughed so hard they almost fell from their chairs. They enjoy running over dogs in Bradley Fighting Vehicles, luring them in and then crushing their bones as they whelp. When a soldier comes upon a mass grave, he picks up a human skull, places it merrily on his head, and marches around. This is from the now-famous "Baghdad Diaries," in The New Republic,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Army Checkmates The New Republic (US Military discredits TNR and Scott Thomas Beauchamp)

    09/10/2007 10:31:02 AM PDT · by AngryCapitalist · 7 replies · 880+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 9-10-07 | Bob Owens
    Last month Pajamas Media published an in-depth report on the scandal surrounding the “Baghdad Diarist” articles by Scott Thomas Beauchamp in The New Republic. Now PJM’s Bob Owens interviews Major John Cross, who led the U.S. Army’s investigation into Private Beauchamp’s shocking claims. Even more shocking is what Cross reveals below: Among other findings, there is no credible evidence that TNR made any attempt at fact checking prior to publishing the articles. Furthermore, not one of the soldiers interviewed under oath in the investigation corroborated Beauchamp’s story. Click link for more: http://pajamasmedia.com/2007/09/new_republic.php
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • Author Tells U.S. Army He Made Up Stories Published in New Republic

    08/07/2007 10:59:54 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 19 replies · 1,192+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | By Michael Goldfarb
    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...
  • A STATEMENT ON SCOTT THOMAS (TNR Editors Respond)

    08/07/2007 11:29:17 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 31 replies · 1,760+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 8-07-07 | TNR Editors
    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...
  • The Last Chapter In The Scott Thomas Beauchamp Story

    08/07/2007 4:25:45 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies · 1,118+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 8-06-07
    The story is coming to a close: 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...
  • New Republic Freelancer Recants Tales

    08/07/2007 3:44:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies · 687+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 7, 2007 | Matthew Sheffield
    Can't say we haven't seen this before: Scott Thomas Beauchamp, a writer for the New Republic, has recanted his tales of American military savagery according to the Weekly Standard (h/t Powerline): 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,...
  • Time To Show Foer The Door

    08/06/2007 11:56:16 PM PDT · by Checkers · 7 replies · 680+ views
    hughhewitt.townhall.com ^ | Tuesday, August 07, 2007 | Duane Patterson
    Michael Goldfarb in the Weekly Standard has just broken news on the Weekly Standard that can only result in the firing of, at the minimum, Franklin Foer, editor of the once-respected New Republic. You simply cannot publish anti-military stories, inflammatory and controversial on their face, without subjecting the wild claims to the most strict fact-checking measures possible. Yet Mr. Foer, it now appears, did just that. Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the husband of a New Republic staffer who previous to his military service posted anti-war material on a weblog, volunteered to recant the stories that were published in The New Republic...
  • Pvt. [Scott Thomas]Beauchamp: Proud of Being Ashamed?

    08/06/2007 6:16:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,038+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 6, 2007 | Paul McNellis
    In a famous passage in his Confessions, St. Augustine admits that as a young boy he ran with a bad crowd and fabricated stories to impress his friends. I was ashamed among other youths that my viciousness was less than theirs: I heard them boasting of their exploits...not only for the pleasure of the act but for the pleasure of the boasting....and when I lacked opportunity to equal others in vice, I invented things I had not done, lest I might be held cowardly for being innocent, or contemptible for being chaste....Someone cries, 'Come on, let's do it'--and we would...
  • Beauchamp Recants

    08/06/2007 7:23:23 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 232 replies · 12,923+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 6, 2007 | Michael Goldfarb
    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...
  • It's Official: Beauchamp's Claims Debunked by Army Internal Investigation

    08/04/2007 2:43:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies · 1,052+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | August 3, 2007 | Confederate Yankee
    Col. Steven Boylan, Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Army Commanding General in Iraq David Petraeus, just emailed me the following in response to my request to confirm an earlier report that the U.S. Army's investigation into the claims made by PV-2 Scott Thomas Beauchamp made in The New Republic had been completed. He states: To your question: Were there any truth to what was being said by Thomas? Answer: An investigation of the allegations were conducted by the command and found to be false. In fact, members of Thomas' platoon and company were all interviewed and no one could substantiate...
  • A Statement on Scott Thomas Beauchamp (TNR Cover thy ass alert)

    08/03/2007 5:42:46 PM PDT · by milwguy · 4 replies · 584+ views
    tnr ^ | 08/03/2007 | TNR editors
    cott Thomas Beauchamp is a U.S. Army private serving in Iraq. He came to THE NEW REPUBLIC's attention through Elspeth Reeve, a TNR reporter-researcher, whom he later married. Over the course of the war, we have tried to provide our readers with a sense of Iraq as it is seen by the troops. Usually, these stories have been written by journalists who have traveled to Iraq and interviewed soldiers there, but last January Beauchamp sent us a first-person vignette that seemed a powerful contribution to the genre. It told the story of a young Iraqi boy who befriended American troops...
  • Beauchamp Investigation Concluded ["Refuted by Members of his Platoon and PROVEN TO BE FALSE"]

    08/03/2007 8:24:48 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 88 replies · 2,441+ views
    MattSanchezBackInIraq.com ^ | 08/03/2007 | Matt Sanchez
    After a thorough investigation that lasted nearly a week the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division has concluded that the allegation made by Private Thomas Scott Beauchamp, the "Baghdad Diarist", have been "refuted by members of his platoon and proven to be false" The official investigation the 4th IBCT Public Affairs Office qualified as "thorough and professional" concluded late August 1st. Officials would not speculate on the possibility of further action against Private Beauchamp, nor would they confirm his current whereabouts or status. Sergeant First Class Robert Timmons, the acting public affairs official of the 4th IBCT, 1st...
  • TNR's "Investigation" Reveals Beauchamp Was Always a Monster

    08/02/2007 6:27:21 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies · 975+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 2, 2007 | Michael Goldfarb
    The New Republic has published the results of their investigation into the events described by Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp. The editors say, we spoke with five other members of Beauchamp's company, and all corroborated Beauchamp's anecdotes, which they witnessed or, in the case of one solider, heard about contemporaneously. Except they didn't. The recollections of these three soldiers differ from Beauchamp's on one significant detail (the only fact in the piece that we have determined to be inaccurate): They say the conversation [mocking a disfigured woman] occurred at Camp Buehring, in Kuwait, prior to the unit's arrival in Iraq. When...
  • A Statement on Scott Thomas Beauchamp

    08/02/2007 1:31:19 PM PDT · by inkling · 33 replies · 1,671+ views
    The New Republic ^ | August 2, 2007 | The Editors
    Scott Thomas Beauchamp is a U.S. Army private serving in Iraq. He came to THE NEW REPUBLIC's attention through Elspeth Reeve, a TNR reporter-researcher, whom he later married. Over the course of the war, we have tried to provide our readers with a sense of Iraq as it is seen by the troops. Usually, these stories have been written by journalists who have traveled to Iraq and interviewed soldiers there, but last January Beauchamp sent us a first-person vignette that seemed a powerful contribution to the genre. It told the story of a young Iraqi boy who befriended American troops...
  • Reporting From FOB Falcon (Scott Beauchamp)

    08/01/2007 7:32:04 AM PDT · by Valin · 27 replies · 1,132+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/1/07 | Michael Goldfarb / Matt Sanchez
    Milblogger Matt Sanchez is currently at FOB Falcon and has been asking questions at the base about Scotty Beauchamp, whose stories for the New Republic are being investigated by both the Army and the editors at TNR. Sanchez reports: Despite a full day of dealing with securing a dangerous Baghdad neighborhood, even Lt. Colonel Crider was aware of the recent Beauchamp scandal and could only shake his head at how absurd the initial details of the accounts seemed....[With calls from the] New York Times, O'Reilly Factor, ABC, CNN, Hot Air, in the past two weeks, Major Luedeke has dealt with...