Pvt. Beauchamp Admits Exaggerations and Falsehoods

The score stands at Weekly Standard 1, New Republic 0

Beauchamp Recants

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp–author of the much-disputed “Shock Troops” article in the New Republic’s July 23 issue as well as two previous “Baghdad Diarist” columns–signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods–fabrications containing only “a smidgen of truth,” in the words of our source.

Separately, we received this statement from Major Steven F. Lamb, the deputy Public Affairs Officer for Multi National Division-Baghdad:

An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.

According to the military source, Beauchamp’s recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military’s investigation. So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, “I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.”

That last graf is gonna leave a mark. The whole time he’s telling the New Republic the story is true, he’s telling the Army it ain’t. Classic.

Of course New Republic can only fire him from his stringer gig and his wife/whatversheis can only cut him off… The Army can throw him in jail for lying to them.

Unless the Weekly Standard’s source is way off base, it looks like the New Republic has egg on its face – again.

Be on the lookout for the “Fake But True” defense from the left. – Always a crowd pleaser.

Hot Update: It’s probably just as well for the New Republic that the gig is up… They’re shoddy “investigation” was being dismantled but someone doing a real investigation. (just keep scrolling down) Geeze, when will these people ever learn?

Meanwhile in the comments section, we have Barney on 24 hour suicide watch.

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  • Paul

    don’t know what?

  • D-Hoggs

    Wow, so why did it take hours of tooth pulling to get you to show a smidgen of intellectual honesty jfo?! And I would say the same about the Weekly Standard, except that it has ZERO significance in light of the fact that TNR published unsubstantiated stories with ZERO fact checking in the first place! This is ludicrous. What this boils down to is the typical lefty tactic of throwing shit and hoping it sticks, instead of PROVING someone to be guilty of what they claim, they DEMAND that person prove their innocence!! You know, I heard that jfo raped dogs at Michael Vick’s house…PROVE ME WRONG dog raper!!

  • thecomputerguy

    Logically, if we were failing in Iraq, and we sent in more troops, the death rate for troops should increase – as there are more troops present, exposed to more danger.

    The fact that with more troops, there are less deaths equates to the surge being successful. If the liberals really care about the troops, they should immediately demand that we send even more in – since the last month has proven that more troops = less deaths.

  • D-Hoggs

    You’re going to try to speak logically to jfo and barney?!

  • JFO

    Hog:

    You don’t disappoint me a bit as I have such low expectations from ilk like you. You crow and bleat and bloviate all day about the lying TNR because Bill Krisrtols Weekly Standard War Rag says something supposedly disproving TNR with no accompanying verification of any kind. Yet you will not hold yourself to the same standard (no pun intended) as you demand for me.

    You’re weak and a weasel Hog- commune with me no more!!

  • D-Hoggs

    NO, no, no, no NO jfo. I am not crowing and bleating about lying TNR because of what the Weekly Standard says. I am crowing about the lying TNR because they have not put forth one SHRED of evidence that any of these stories have happened, and not one person has corroborated any of these stories in fact quite the opposite!! I have been crowing about the lying TNR LONG before the Weekly Standard piece even came out, which is why I said:

    “I would say the same about the Weekly Standard, except that it has ZERO significance in light of the fact that TNR published unsubstantiated stories with ZERO fact checking in the first place!”

    Can you comprehend that jfo? I couldn’t care less what the Weekly Standard says, I have been complaining about the lying TNR from DAY ONE. There is ZERO evidence supporting anything that baechump wrote. I believe evidence should be put forth. Apparently you do not. So once again, I couldn’t care less what the Weekly Standard says, it matters not in light of TNR’s accusations, WHICH I HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT FROM DAY ONE.

  • D-Hoggs

    Still no evidence put forth by jfo that he didn’t rape Vick’s dogs. SO it IS true!!!

  • JFO – quoting the Weekly Standard:

    When we called Army spokesman Major Steven F. Lamb and asked about an anonymously sourced allegation that Beauchamp had recanted his articles in a sworn statement, he told us, “I have no knowledge of that.” He added, “If someone is speaking anonymously [to The Weekly Standard], they are on their own.”

    Didn’t anything jump out at you in Major Lambs words JFO.

    You’ve parroted TNR in an effort to discredit the possibility they were wrong all along.

    Your proof? That Major Lamb had no knowledge of a recantation NOT the the ARMY had no knowledge.

    Despite his position as PAO it IS possible he answered TNR’s query with the truth but you are attempting to conflate that way beyond reality.

    BUT what we DO KNOW and by a named source (Major Lamb) is this…“An investigation has been completed and the allegations made by PVT Beauchamp were found to be false. His platoon and company were interviewed and no one could substantiate the claims.”

  • D-Hoggs

    http://op-for.com/2007/08/he_said_she_said.html

    “TNR’s defense seems to ride solely on whether or not Beauchamp signed paperwork, which neither Lamb nor Boylan will admit is true, arguing that such information is part of an internal investigation.
    But they both state that Beauchamp was lying, as fact.”

    As well as an update from Goldfarb:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2007/08/beauchamp_recants_update.asp

  • The Listkeeper

    I just want to see the slimy little bastard go to jail for the UCMJ and Title 18 violations.

  • WildWillie

    JFO, if you want to critique my reading comprehension, please, at the very least make sure your spelling is correct when you insult someone. The point of this post is that the TNR, in its eagerness to put forth a story that will damage the military thus hurting GW, did not bother to fact check their stories. Since they have done this before, you think they would learn, but their hate for the military, Iraq and GW is so great, they comprimised their integrity. In fact, so have you. You are so upset at TWS that you cannot deal with one of your rags doing this. ww

  • JFO

    willie

    I’ll let you teach me to type better if you let me teach you reading comprehension.