TNR Clears Beauchamp

From the New York Observer:

    Today, the editors published a statement about their investigation, which included the following:

    “In this process, TNR contacted dozens of people. Editors and staffers spoke numerous times with Beauchamp. We also spoke with current and former soldiers, forensic experts, and other journalists who have covered the war extensively. And we sought assistance from Army Public Affairs officers. Most important, we spoke with five other members of Beauchamp’s company, and all corroborated Beauchamp’s anecdotes, which they witnessed or, in the case of one solider, heard about contemporaneously. (All of the soldiers we interviewed who had first-hand knowledge of the episodes requested anonymity.)”

    The magazine found only one error in the column: An anecdote regarding a woman disfigured by an I.E.D. took place in “Camp Buehring, in Kuwait, prior to the unit’s arrival in Iraq,” they wrote. Beauchamp acknowledged the error in his reporting.

See TNR’s statement here.

MediaMatters says “Weekly Standard used alleged former male escort Matt Sanchez as source to attack credibility of a TNR ‘Baghdad Diarist’.”