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Captains of Idiocy: The New Republic

In a post-Jason Blair/MoDo/ (“add the last potzer busted for idiocy”) world, the idea that seems to grip this publication’s editorial board is: “we can wait it out.” It’s just farking mindless. Like the Old Gray Lady, they are obstinately burying their brand.

You got called out; you said you would square it; instead, this is what we get:

Ten weeks later, however, their promises have proved empty. “The editors” think they can stonewall their way through the scandal. They should know better. Indeed, as we will see below, once upon a time TNR editor Franiklin Foer instructed readers in the wisdom of the proposition that “stonewalling never works.”

We now know that TNR editor Franklin Foer and executive editor Peter Scoblic spoke with Scott Beauchamp on September 7. Dogged blogger Bob Owens learned of the call from an Army spokesman. Why have “the editors” not disclosed the substance of their conversation with Beauchamp?

In their conversation with Beauchamp, Beauchamp must not have provided Foer and Scoblic a single fact with which to substantiate his “Shock troops” column. Six weeks after speaking with Beauchamp “the editors” have not addressed the report that Beauchamp recanted his column in the course of the Army investigation of its allegations. And commanding officer Colonel Ricky Gibbs has since confirmed that report.

In their September 7 phone call with Beauchamp, Foer and Scoblic asked their author to cancel interviews he had scheduled with the Washington Post and Newsweek. Again, they seem to think that stonewalling will allow them to ride out the scandal. They must be counting on the kindness of their friends in the MSM to cooperate. And to date their confidence has not been disappointed.

Upon taking the reins of TNR, editor Franklin Foer declared: “My priority is to put out the most intellectually provocative, intellectually honest magazine possible.” Foer’s aspiration for TNR now reads like a piece of black humor.

One guy running under the banner of “Confederate Yankee” made chumps of the whole crew of your organization… now I understand how you morons hired “St. Andrew of the Gob-Smacking Heartache” and got gassed by that jaygoff Steve Glass.

A MuNuvian! One of Pixy’s people out-reported your whole goddamn crew!
Everybody buy an extra-large bottle of Val-U-Rite and bet on Ace’s dumbassed pro football picks just because of this!

Powerline: “The editors” have resorted to stonewalling because disclosure at this late date would not cause the scandal to fade. “The editors” have taken the personal scandal of Scott Thomas Beuachamp and turned it into an institutional debacle. Disclosure would thus only amplify it. To quote Foer, “Who can argue with that?”

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