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The New Laughingstock Republic

Thursday, October 25, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Incredibly, no one at The Plank has posted anything about the Beauchamp meltdown.  As Dan Rather –obviously TNR editors’ role model– would say: “Courage.”

Mark Steyn, on tonight’s show:

HH: Mark Steyn, we’ve also got the New Republic back with Private Beauchamp, or however you say his name, coming clean in transcripts published at the Drudge Report. Do you expect the New Republic to stay in stonewall mode? 

MS: Well, what is interesting about this is that the New Republic is doing everything that left wing media accuse the Pentagon and government of doing, which is stonewalling, obfuscating, and not getting the facts out, and not clearing the air. It seems pretty obvious what happened. You only run a story like this if it absolutely stands up. They…this guy slandered the troops. He said the troops desecrate graves and go around with children’s skulls on their heads as mementos, they deliberately run over dogs, and they insult physically disfigured women. Now you can only run a story like that if all the elements hold up. This guy basically distanced himself, he refused to stand by his own story, and the New Republic, instead of making it a Scott Beauchamp issue, which is what it was, he was the author, they could have disowned him and apologized for running the piece, they basically have been dishonest with their readers, and dishonest with their…it’s no longer a Scott Beauchamp issue. It’s a New Republic issue. And my friend, my old friends from up in Canada, the New Republic is owned by Canadians, by the Asper family from Winnipeg, a great Canadian family, and I hope that the Asper family will assert their control over the New Republic, and end this squalid editorial regime that has behaved disgracefully over the last ten weeks.

 

From Steyn’s lips to the Asper family’s ears.

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