A Blogger Got It Wrong, Big Surprise
Liberal magazine The New Republic
was so anxious for a scoop that it
let a U.S. soldier write anonymously about abuses in Iraq and never
bothered to check his facts
. Turns out Pvt. Scott Beauchamp was spinning
more yarn than a Liz Claiborne sweater factory. The lies were uncovered by The
's right-wing rival, The Weekly Standard
Now, the military has clamped down on the soldier, taking away his access to
computers, the 'Net and telephones (not sure if he still gets to use his iPod).
There are two wrongs here: trusting bloggers on something so serious (um, like
career- and national security-threatening serious) and clamping down too hard
on someone who is decidedly a moron (too bad we can't bump down this clown,
but he's already a private).
Posted by Doug Barney on 08/13/2007 at 1:15 PM