Wednesday, August 15, 2007


A Prescription for Regaining a Reputation

Welshman Dafydd ab Hugh at Big Lizards Blog has a good set of steps for The New Republic to undertake to clear its very tarnished reputation in light of what now appears to be another writer of fiction (like Stephen Glass) masquerading as a journalist, namely, the Baghdad Diarist, Scott Beauchamp. It boils down to this--fire everyone in charge and then independently investigate all aspects of the stories including what was done at TNR to nurture Pvt. Beauchamp, and then tell us about everything they find.

Right now the decibels of the crickets chirping is about 90 and growing louder and more ominous with each passing day. When editor Franklin Foer took over for fast talking, slow thinking Peter Beinart in February of this year, the New York Times reported that Foer was taking over the helm of a magazine which had lost nearly 40% of its already low circulation in four years. It doesn't appear they have a lot of cushion left to be losing 40% more, but they will if they continue to let this matter fester.

Having said all that, this really is nothing. Even if everything Beauchamp wrote was true, all he accused himself and fellow soldiers of doing was being rude and insensitive and killing dogs. Wow. War is indeed Hell. It's the cover-up that is doing the lyin's share of the damage.


here is a must read link.

Funny stuff
Thanks, man.
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