This post is an update from my original one on “Scott Thomas”, now discovered to be Scott Thomas Beauchamp.
Michelle Malkin has an update on the “Scott Thomas” Beauchamp story as it continues to unfold.
John Tabin has the lowdown on Private Beauchamp at The American Spectator, including an apparent demotion in rank and insight from the First Sergeant of Beuchamp’s company about some “issues”.
Lynn Davidson at NewsBusters picks apart the scathing review by the Columbia Journalism Review of military bloggers responses to The New Republic‘s.
The Columbia Journalism Review hit a new low with Paul McLeary’s latest article when apparently claimed milbloggers didn’t serve in the military. Outraged that milbloggers and the right dared to question the veracity of Scott Beauchamp’s fantastical writings which claimed US soldiers in Iraq played with the skulls of Iraqi children, McCleary asked “Why do conservatives hate the troops” and pretended to take the side of those beleaguered “troops.” In response to the legitimate discussion of Beauchamp’s liberal activism in college, McLeary cattily huffed (bold mine throughout):
How dare a college grad and engaged citizen volunteer to join the Army to fight for his country! (Which is something that most of the brave souls who inhabit the milblog community prefers to leave to others.)
Baldilocks takes issue with the Columbia Journalism Review too.
Apparently McLeary’s Ivy-honed intellect didn’t help him to deduce that milbloggers=military bloggers. Nor did that “superior intellect” lead him to discover that all military officers have an undergraduate degree, at minimum, and that half of enlisted men/women have obtained the same.
He denigrates the military bloggers then has the nerve to quote Andrew Sullivan approvingly in the next sentence. :::shakes head:::
I hope that he came to my blog, saw that “101st Fighting Keyboarders” link on the top right and got fooled. What a clown.
That is quite a turn on McLeary’s apart, after taking time to find Matt Burden of BlackFive, a military blogger, and interview him last year.
McCleary finally tries to offer an apology, of sorts, for his supposed slip-of-the-tongue.
I really walked into this one.
I actually spend a lot of time on milblogs. I was careless in my
choice of wording when I wrote the piece. What I meant was the
whole community of blogs that have sprung up in the same universe
as milblogs — Hugh Hewitt, etc., who act tough about the war, but
have never served, and have never left the comforts of their
air-conditioned offices to see what might be going on in Iraq or
I’ve written a lot about milblogs, actually: Interviewed Matthew
Currier Burden for CJR, as well as a couple soldiers who were
blogging for the New York Times. I’ve also spoken to, and exchanged
emails with Yon and Bill Roggio and such, and I blogged the whole
time I was in Iraq back in ’06, which doesn’t make me a milblogger,
but hey, it’s something, I guess.
Like I said, I really stepped in it because I didn’t take the time
to clearly define what I was talking about.
Baldilocks also points out some inconsistencies in McCleary’s rants about non-military bloggers, like Michelle Malkin, Bryan Preston, etc.
McLeary may also want to note that Michelle Malkin–the main target of his original ire–and Bryan Preston have both “left the comforts of their
air-conditioned offices to see what might be going on in Iraq,” as have many conservative/moderate civilian bloggers like Bill INDC and Michael Totten. Michael is there right now.
Bryan Preston points out why the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story is important to folks in the military.
How important, in the grand scheme of the war, is the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story? By itself, it’s not all that important. But contrary to the opinions of those who can’t be bothered to care about it but nonetheless opine on it for whatever reason, and then mainly to downplay its importance, Beauchamp hasn’t happened all by itself and to those of us who served, its context and trajectory make it very important. more…
On a more entertaining side of this story, Villainous Company has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged readers to submit their own fictional works, like “Scott Thomas”. But, Villainous Company sets out some guidelines to keep things “clean and not engage in anything that brings discredit on us.”
You might start by getting an idea from this cool spoof of the formerly-anonymous TNR writer. Stretch your fingers and give it a try. There may a budding TNR writer out there.
Others posting on this now: Bill’s Bites