TNR takes a vacation

posted at 11:09 am on August 1, 2007 by Bryan

Very interesting:

Of course, our decrying of America’s aversion to vacation will only do so much to solve this growing crisis. Which is why we’re happy to say that, with the publication of this issue, The New Republic will try to do its part by joining those Iraqi M.P.s and taking some time off in August. It won’t be the month our Baghdad brothers will enjoy, only seven days, but that means the next issue of tnr won’t be published for another three weeks instead of the customary two. What you, dear reader, will do without tnr for that one week is hard to fathom, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer one suggestion: Maybe you should take a vacation, too.

Dean Barnett reviews some salient facts in light of this news.

LET’S REVIEW, SHALL WE? It’s been over two weeks since the Beauchamp Diarists hit the Internets and the storm they kicked up began. It’s been over two weeks since TNR’s editor-in-chief Franklin Foer began what he promised would be a dogged investigation to corroborate the details of those Diarists, something a responsible editor would have done before running the piece. It’s been almost two weeks since Franklin Foer said he unearthed “much to corroborate” the details of the piece and yet has declined to share those details with a curious public.

A couple more facts should be added: Blogger Matt Sanchez is at FOB Falcon and asking questions about Beauchamp at this moment. He has already destroyed the disfigured lady story:

No one has seen or heard of the melting lady. No soldier would confuse an officer with a contractor. It just wouldn’t happen. It’s a small base and most people have seen each other. I just got back today and all these people I haven’t seen in a month are welcoming me back. They don’t know me, but they’ve seen me before.

He has also reported that thus far, TNR has only asked a couple of “lukewarm” questions of FOB Falcon’s PAO, which would be the first place anyone would reasonably go to get confirmation on the stratified children’s mass grave story. That story doesn’t need the word of any of Beauchamp’s unidentified mates that TNR has cited, it just needs confirmation or denial from the base PAO and a quick tour to the site if it exists. And according to a comment at Sanchez’s blog there’s an Article Army Regulation 15-6 investigation of Beauchamp underway. If that’s true and the investigation is centered on his TNR work, it’s likely to get to the bottom of the Baghdad Diarist’s portfolio in fairly short order.

I hate to be one to question the timing, but it’s certainly interesting that TNR has chosen this moment to go dark.

Update: Dean reports that this was previously scheduled vacation on TNR’s part.

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The timeing fits…….if you support the cut and run strategy as TNR seems to by putting out a bogus story like this.

robo on August 1, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Cut and run sounds like what TNR is doing.

KelliD on August 1, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Pathetic, I wager they’re hoping this Beauchamp story cools down by the time they get back, or they’re going to be frantically trying to find themselves a way out of taking accountability on the story.

Bad Candy on August 1, 2007 at 11:20 AM

Do you have to subscribe to see the above paragraph at their site? The link given talks about the Iraq Parliment on vaca but not them.

Anyway, does anyone really care or expect honesty out of this rag. How many strikes do they get? Go on vacation, don’t…who cares.

sunny on August 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Sounds like their random story generator broke, this will give them time to get the repair man in.

Spirit of 1776 on August 1, 2007 at 11:31 AM

It’s actually an Army Regulation 15-6 investigation. Not “Article 15-6.”

Article 15 is nonjudicial punishment.

AR 15-6 is the procedure for informal investigations.

armylawyer on August 1, 2007 at 11:32 AM

So in one fell swoop a lowly army private has forced a magazine to go off line, opened up an investigation into the allegations made and managed to make himself a persona non gratia on FOB Falcon.
Not bad for a day’s work. But hey I hear his replacement is coming, that guy from Loose Change.

LakeRuins on August 1, 2007 at 11:33 AM

armylawyer on August 1, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Thanks for the clarification.

Bryan on August 1, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Even Pina Coladas taste sour when you’re lying.

And their little umbrellas tend to swivel unexpectedly and poke you in the eye.

Watch out TNR!

profitsbeard on August 1, 2007 at 11:35 AM

They figure it will be forgotten, as they think we are stupid ,vapid and have short attention spans.

bbz123 on August 1, 2007 at 11:35 AM

I’m bettin’ TNR is busy interviewing and hiring new editorial staff to replace the ones who were terminated for the Beauchamp scandal.

jediwebdude on August 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Go on vacation, don’t…who cares.

sunny on August 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM

I would…if it was a permanent one…

urbancenturion on August 1, 2007 at 11:36 AM

…Must have missed something…Could somebody define “PAO” please…Thanks..

Ben Here on August 1, 2007 at 11:52 AM

PAO would be “Public Affairs Officer”, I believe.

Vanceone on August 1, 2007 at 11:55 AM

I doubt Mr. Beauchamp has seen any combat. If he had he would not have written such dishonorable lies about those with whom he fought. And yes, these are lies in my anything-but humble-opinion.

Good thing for him that if he does see some combat, the Marines in his unit would still risk their own to save his miserable life if it came down to it regardless of what he said.

That is the honor he does not understand and doubtful he ever will.

I can however, see a blanket party in Mr. Beauchamp’s future.

Swinehound on August 1, 2007 at 12:14 PM

On vacation eh? That’s pretty much like the crunching sound a cockroach makes when stepped on.

TunaTalon on August 1, 2007 at 12:16 PM

I hate to be one to question the timing, but it’s certainly interesting that TNR has chosen this moment to go dark.

Hmm Did Rove do some moonlighting?

Gwillie on August 1, 2007 at 12:22 PM

I don’t care if the vacation was previously scheduled or not.

At my company, if something major comes up, vacations get rescheduled.

I think this story amounts to ‘something major’. If they were actually interested in getting to the truth (whether it vindicated them or showed that they needed much better fact checking) they would put off the vacation.

The fact that they are going to take the planned time off (even in the midst of a controversy) is just evidence that they don’t care about the truth, they just want the controversy to go away.

JadeNYU on August 1, 2007 at 1:17 PM

The nice thing (not for the investigated) is that a 15-6 investigation can go anywhere from “no action” to a hand-slap (General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand), to an Article 15… or be recommended to go Article 32 leading to a Court Martial.

And in the meantime the accused is sitting around, usually under escort (in case he is a danger to himself or others), not actually knowing what is going on…

Yeah, been there, done that, got the GOMR.

jeffshultz on August 1, 2007 at 1:22 PM

Let the editorial beheadings begin!

Anybody want to bet that after the vacation they’ll be some staffing changes at TNR?

georgej on August 1, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Well, that’s nice. Everyone should try to get away, every now and then, although one should try to stay busy even when on holiday. Might I suggest some creative writing courses?

andycanuck on August 1, 2007 at 2:34 PM

Dean Barnett criticizes TNR for not “fact checking.”
Dean Barnett accuses TNR of “going dark” on unscheduled vacation, without fact checking his claim.
TNR’s vacation was actually scheduled ahead of time, and listed in their media kit.
Dean Barnett has to make update to his post correcting it.

Truely, a diabolical plot on TNR’s part to discredit Dean Barnett! First they try to smear our troops, and now, a right wing blogger! Who’s next?!

e-pirate on August 1, 2007 at 2:53 PM

And in the meantime the accused is sitting around, usually under escort (in case he is a danger to himself or others), not actually knowing what is going on

Unlikely he’s under escort.

Nothing at this point suggests Beauchamp is violent or otherwise a danger to self or others. Accordingly, he’s probably just going around doing his job (whatever that might be).

armylawyer on August 1, 2007 at 3:12 PM

The New Republic will try to do its part by joining those Iraqi M.P.s and taking some time off in August. It won’t be the month our Baghdad brothers will enjoy,

Was anyone else annoyed by the smug-ness of this remark. The way it reads it makes it sound like service men are just yuckin’ it up over there in Bagdad.

Who knows, maybe I’m just a little hypersensitive after that “Jose” posting earlier this morning, but they (TNR) sound like a bunch of snotty nose little weasels, IMHO.

silenced majority on August 1, 2007 at 3:24 PM

Anyone give some thought as to why this clod is still a PV2 after 30 months in the Army?

gatorbait on August 2, 2007 at 2:31 AM

Anyone give some thought as to why this clod is still a PV2 after 30 months in the Army?

gatorbait on August 2, 2007 at 2:31 AM

Yep, I had a chuckle over that tidbit when he was first ID’d. He’s been on active duty more than two years and that’s all he’s gained? Someone with the brains to be a sideline writer should be able to solve the riddle of a military promotion system. That is, unless he’s been promoted several times already, just not all in the same direction.

Either way, just more evidence that Beauchamp is a knucklehead.

Freelancer on August 2, 2007 at 6:12 AM

I’m certain I’ve read that Beauchamp has been demoted once or twice. Unfortunately, I’m not able to remember where I read it.

Al in St. Lou on August 3, 2007 at 6:55 PM