Caught in the middle, Part III
Reader Kevin writes in to gloat about the Scott Thomas Beauchamp affair:
As a faithful devotee to Hub Blog, I am wondering what your thoughts are now that NR's Baghdad Diarist has admitted that he made the whole thing up.
In an earlier post you noted "that the righty wingnuts may have a point, despite getting their facts wrong.". They have more than a point. They were proven to be 100% correct, and thankfully, they went out and attacked TNR and Beauchamp for his writings. Isn't this what the blogosphere is all about? Holding the media accountable for what they print? Is it too much to ask that this stuff, you know, be true? ...
Hub Blog's response: Congratulations! You have won the argument! The Scott Thomas Beauchamp affair will be remembered forever as one of the most pivotal moments in the Iraq war! ... Now, while bragging about truths, maybe some in the righty blogosphere will finally start addressing how horribly wrong things went in Iraq from Day 1 and the denials and silence that came from the right on said issues. Isn't that what the blogosphere is also about? ... BTW: I still think the original TNR story was 'banal' and 'trivial,' an obvious attempt to resurrect Vietnam-like reporting of breakdowns in GI conduct and morale, blah blah blah. Whether he was lying or not, Beauchamp and his pals were pushed into the middle of an ideological armchair argument for ultimately banal and trivial purposes. ...Update
-- Captain's Quarters
has a more pithy response: "..it seemed to me that the pushback on this story was out of proportion to Beauchamp's significance (and for that matter, TNR's as well)."Update II
-- Of course there's always a chance Beauchamp's confession was coerced
or signed just to get out of the mess with the least damage. There's also a chance we're still not getting accurate facts about what he's done or not done. ... Who knows. ... So much sound and fury for all of this. But I guess I'm now officially guilty of obsessing about it too -- though for different reasons than others. ...