The New Republic questions report that Beauchamp recanted

From The Plank (the New Republic blog):

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 investigations.”

–The Editors

Update: Michael Goldfarb responds to TNR with an observation and a few questions.

Update II: John at Op-For makes some relevant observations about the seeming discrepancies between the Army statements and those of TNR. Hugh Hewitt says TNR is walking farther out on the “plank” running the CBS/Dan Rather playbook.

Update III: In one part of this this extensive post Bob Owens goes back to the Beauchamp stories published at TNR prior to “Shock Troops” and points out some of the fact checking that could have been done easily and quickly, but evidently was not. Read it all.

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