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October 24, 2007
MORE ON THE TNR/ BEAUCHAMP DEBACLE: Hemingway, under glass.
Just another case where the narrative was right, but the facts were wrong.
UPDATE: Franklin Foer is complaining about the leak, which is itself kind of funny, but most notably he doesn't dispute the accuracy of the documents. (Bumped).
ANOTHER UPDATE: More from John Tabin, including links to the documents:
So where does this leave TNR? We have their Executive Editor saying "we just can't, in good conscience, continue to defend" Beauchamp's work, and that until they have the truth they can't let it drop. We have Beauchamp saying that he doesn't care one way or another whether they retract his pieces. So why didn't they retract them? TNR's behavior since September 7 has amounted to pretending that this conversation never happened, that the veracity of Beauchamp's articles is still undetermined, and that they have no ethical obligation to retract. But it did, it isn't, and they do.
Indeed. And here's a big roundup on the subject from Slate.
MORE: Thoughts on Franklin Foer's chutzpah in complaining about leaks. Plus, Foer's unanswered questions.