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.
WaPo:
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.)

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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

http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=w070730&s=editorial080207

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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