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A Test For The Staff Of The New Republic

Wednesday, July 25, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Betsy’s Page is a serious place, a blog respected by left, right and center. She notes the obvious problems with TNR’s slander of the military in this post.

Not one writer at TNR’s blog has had the courage to disassociate himself or herself from the slander, or even to note the growing doubts about it. What interests me is when –and if– any of these “journalists” will step forward and declare their doubts, or even their confidence, in their magazine’s “reporting.”

The biggest controversy in media is swirling about them, and Michael Crowley and Jonathan Chait don’t have an opinion? Way to step up, gents.

UPDATE: As Dean notes above, there’s a note from the author of “Shock Troops,” Scott Thomas Beauchamp, posted at TNR’s The Plank. Powerline’s Scott Johnson notes that “[i]t is striking that Beauchamp’s statement does not add any facts to support the veracity of ‘Shock troops,’ although his identity is certainly a start,” and I find it striking that we still have general silence from contributors to The Plank. Are they feeling vinidcated, or worried that the investigation into Beauchamp’s account will reveal that the magazine ought not to have rushed to print a slander on the military, even when it came from a serving soldier?

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