The score stands at Weekly Standard 1, New Republic 0
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 were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.
According to the military source, Beauchamp’s recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military’s investigation. So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, “I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.”
That last graf is gonna leave a mark. The whole time he’s telling the New Republic the story is true, he’s telling the Army it ain’t. Classic.
Of course New Republic can only fire him from his stringer gig and his wife/whatversheis can only cut him off… The Army can throw him in jail for lying to them.
Unless the Weekly Standard’s source is way off base, it looks like the New Republic has egg on its face – again.
Be on the lookout for the “Fake But True” defense from the left. – Always a crowd pleaser.
Hot Update: It’s probably just as well for the New Republic that the gig is up… They’re shoddy “investigation” was being dismantled but someone doing a real investigation. (just keep scrolling down) Geeze, when will these people ever learn?
Meanwhile in the comments section, we have Barney on 24 hour suicide watch.