Tuesday, December 04, 2007

TNR fire the dork!

As anyone who has accompanied me to a massage parlor knows - I love a happy ending. That said, allow me to opine that if you like happy endings like me--Don't go see "No Country For Old Men" which is even worse because it has no damn ending.

So it turns out the editor of The New Republic has finally admitted that hiring Scott Thomas Beauchamp - a private in the US Army - to write for the mag was a mistake. It took him 14 pages to admit it, but the gist is this guy was making it up. Not all of it, but just the stuff that mattered. The stuff, of course, was soldier misconduct - the junk that makes our troops look bad.

The editor even allowed the soldier's wife to fact-check the articles -- which is like asking me to guard your Vicodin. But it didn't matter, because even if the stories were lies, they were just too good to question. When you so badly want to believe our soldiers eat babies for lunch and puppies for dinner, then you're willing to buy any story that meets your assumptions about how rotten we are as a force in this world.

I guess that's why the media has been dead silent on the surge's success. Maybe they're praying it will end in disaster- because to them, appearing smart is better than saving lives.