Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A post with no name

I should have said it back when the Beauchamp story broke. What was going through my mind at the time was that the story of whether Beauchamp was a real soldier and a truthful soldier would play out very interestingly, and I am not disappointed. Tom Maguire, as usual, says it so succinctly: "many consumers of "news" are seeking affirmation, not information."

Too bad for The New Republic, and after Stephen Glass, how embarrassing.

Back to scraping the floor.

Update: NYT's:
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.
Mark Feldstein, a journalism professor at George Washington University, called the Army's refusal to release its report "suspect," adding: "There is a cloud over the New Republic, but there's one hanging over the Army, as well. Each investigated this and cleared themselves, but they both have vested interests."
They do, and if I knew a little bit more about Army protocol, I'd be able to clarify my opinion. (Last link via Instapundit.)



Blogger kcatmull said...

It's a weird story and it seems to me not over, though I could be wrong. The Weekly Standard's source for the recantation is anonymous. In contrast, TNR has an on-the-record army source saying he has no knowledge of the recantation (not that strong, but still). TNR also extensively fact-checked Beauchamp (before but even moreso after doubts were raised) and has a eyewitnesses backing him up (you've probably already read their statement about how they fact checke him, but in case not


anyway. At the very least it's gonna be way more complicated than Stephen Glass, I think. or that could be wishful thinking, just 'cause I like TNR, though they're pretty hawkish for me.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Yep, I've read the link. Thanks for posting it though.

It's anonymous sources v. anonymous sources--modern journalism at its best!

7:33 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Some TNR editor should be really, really embarrassed by this.

Unfortunately, not.

Now its all about damage control.

7:58 PM  
Blogger kcatmull said...

> anonymous sources v. anonymous sources

I know! so weird and fascinating

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

Instead of anonymous sources, TNR should try using some Viagra!!

10:19 PM  
Anonymous elizabeth dole said...

bob, you're late for dinner again.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

I'll be ready for dinner When The Moment Is Rightâ„¢, honey bunny!

8:58 PM  

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