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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Drudge Busts The New Republic's Scott Beaucamp Coverup, Wide Open

Drudge has the PDF files to back that show the TNR deliberately tried to cover up the lies they printed from Scott Beaucamp.

Michelle Malkin and Hot Air have screen shots of those documents.

For those that haven't heard of this before, Scott Beaucamp was a diarist who The New Republic published his stories, now known as fairy tales, without doing the proper fact checking and verification and milibloggers did that work ( Confederate Yankee) and debunked each of Beaucamps claims of witnessing and participating in atrocities in Iraq.

After they were all debunked, TNR still stonewalled and lied and continued to back Scott Beaucamp's claims.

I will provide links at the bottom to all the posts which will walk you through the whole sick story.

This morning, Drudge produced PDF files proving that The New Republic deliberately participated in covering up their incompetence instead of issuing the proper corrections.

From Drudge:

The DRUDGE REPORT has obtained internal documents from the investigation of THE NEW REPUBLIC'S "Baghdad Diarist", Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private turned war correspondent who reported tales of military malfeasance from the Iraq War front.

The documents appear to expose that once the veracity of Beauchamp's diaries were called into question, and an Army investigation ensued, THE NEW REPUBLIC has failed to publicly account for publishing slanderous falsehoods about the U.S. military in a time of war.

Transcript #1- Beauchamp Refuses to Stand by Story (link updated to one that works because Drudge took his down or something.)

THE NEW REPUBLIC has been standing behind the stories from their Baghdad Diarist, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, since questions were first raised about their accuracy over the summer. On August 10, the editors at TNR accused the Army of "stonewalling" their investigation into the stories by preventing them from speaking with Beauchamp. The DRUDGE REPORT has since obtained the transcript of a September 7 call between TNR editor Frank Foer, TNR executive editor Peter Scoblic, and Private Beauchamp. During the call, Beauchamp declines to stand by his stories, telling his editors that "I just want it to end. I'm not going to talk to anyone about anything really." The editors respond that "we just can't, in good conscience, continue to defend the piece" without an explanation, but Beauchamp responds only that he "doesn't care what the public thinks." The editors then ask Beauchamp to cancel scheduled interviews with the WASHINGTON POST and NEWSWEEK.

Transcript #2- Beauchamp Admits to "Gross Exaggerations and Inaccurate Allegations"(link updated to one that works because Drudge took his down or something.)

The DRUDGE REPORT has also obtained a signed "Memorandum for Record" in which Beauchamp recants his stories and concedes the facts of the Army's investigation -- that his stories contained "gross exaggerations and inaccurate allegations of misconduct" by his fellow soldiers.

Army Investigation- ArmyTales "Completely Fabricated," Beauchamp Wanted to be Hemingway (link updated to one that works because Drudge took his down or something.)

The third document obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT is the Army's official report on the investigation into the allegations made by Private Beauchamp. The Army concluded that Beauchamp had "completely fabricated" the story of mocking a disfigured woman, that his description of a "Saddam-era dumping ground" was false, and that claims that he and his men had deliberately targeted dogs with their armored vehicles was "completely unfounded." Further the report stated "that Private Beauchamp desired to use his experiences to enhance his writing and provide legitimacy to his work possibly becoming the next Hemingway."

The report concludes that "Private Beauchamp takes small bits of truth and twists and exaggerates them into fictional accounts that he puts forth as the whole truth for public consumption."

Captain Ed points this out:

TNR made it clear that they felt they could not respond because the Army had hindered their access to Beauchamp. That's a lie, and one perpetrated by Foer and the senior TNR management themselves. They had access to Beauchamp and knew he could talk to the media -- and instructed him not to do so. They then stonewalled to make it look as though the Army was holding Beauchamp incommuncado.

They have lost the last shred of journalistic integrity they could claim. Until August 10th, they could make a claim that they had been victimized by a fabulist. This transcript shows that they participated willingly in the cover-up.

He is right, no one can believe anything TNR ever says again, they deliberately issued a statement claiming they were not allowed to talk to Beaucamp, but not only were they able to, they did, and they specifically asked him to let "them" deal with how to proceed,as they continued to lie.

Read all three transcripts to see how many lies TNR told to coverup their journalistic malpractice, which Drudge has blasted far and wide.

Now we wait with baited breath for the TNR to try to lie their way out of this, yet again.

Previously from the beginning of this saga to the end:

Serious Questions Deserve Serious Answers: Scott Thomas and TNR
Scott Thomas, John Kerry and the lies people tell
Scott Thomas and TNR Update
Followup on Scott Thomas and TNR: Story false
Hopefully the End to the TNR and Scott Thomas Saga: UPDATED & Bumped
So, I guess TNR and Scott Thomas AREN'T going to go away
TNR, Scott Thomas and Slate:Update CY debunks ANOTHER TNR claim
Quick TNR/Scott Thomas Update
I Don't Think TNR Got "Suckered", I Think They Just Suck
Final Chapter of Scott Thomas Beauchamp and TNR lies

The end should finally come when and if TNR makes their correction which they should have made as soon as this liars claims had been debunked, instead of trying to cover it all up.