December 02, 2007
TNR Retracts Beauchamp Story ? Not exactly, although they do say they can no longer attest to the veracity of the stories, largely because the Army has tightened the screws on their writer and he's no longer cooperating. The whole tawdry story, with gay porn actors and Yellow Elephants moonlighting as "milbloggers" and neocon magazines allowing the wife of the subject to participate in the factchecking of her husband's stories, is depressing enough, since there doesn't seem to be any dispute (even with the Army officer who investigated the matter) that the events in question happened. But the New Republic does deserve some credit for not standing by a story that they could no longer back up with 100% certainty, a big difference between the standards of the traditional media and the blogosphere.