Under the title “Shock Troops,” a magazine publishes the “diaries” of a US soldier in Iraq. The intent is to illustrate the “morally and emotionally distorting effects of war.”
The magazine was misled as to the veracity of what it printed, and if you can say “associate editor Stephen Glass,” you know it isn’t the first time. This time, however, it’s slanderous fabrications about American troops at war.
The New Republic, publishers and erstwhile defenders of the feebly pseudonymous Scott Thomas’ Kerryesque fantasies, (which have apparently been removed from TNR‘s website without comment) are a bit fuzzy on the word “moral.” Emotionally? TNR merely pumped up the “we support the troops by detesting them” traffic at Kos, et. al.. The distorting part? TNR has raised “distorting” to an entirely new level.
According to the military source, [Scott Thomas] 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.”
The only out for TNR now is if Scott Thomas Beauchamp isn’t this guy’s real name. Or, maybe they can commission a series of articles on the “circulation destroying effects of amoral emotionalism.”