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Grapevine Whine - Liberal Media, Redux

Reported by Nancy - July 27, 2007 -

Earlier this week (7/23/07) on the Grapevine segment of Special Report, Brit Hume led off with a "picking" that neatly tied together the myth of the liberal media & lack of blind support for the war in Iraq. Now that the author of the articles has been revealed, is Hume satisfied? Not by a long shot. He used picking #1 on last night's Grapevine segment to reiterate, nearly word for word, his earlier complaints.

Here's the picking:

The New Republic has released a letter from the soldier who has authored several accounts of offensive behavior from US troops in Iraq. The writer, identified as Private Scott Thomas, says his full name is Scott Thomas Beauchamp, & says his intention was "to write honestly about my experiences without fear of reprisal... They were never intended as a reflection of the entire US military." He speaks of being in what he calls "an ideological battle that I never wanted to join." But it turns out Beauchamp has his own blog — Sir Real Scott Thomas — & on it he calls the war "misguided," & also refers to "silly Republicans." The New Republic still has offered no evidence corroborating Beauchamp's accounts of one soldier using a Bradley fighting vehicle to slaughter dogs, another using part of a human skull as a crown & a group of soldiers ridiculing a disfigured woman.

And just FYI, here's the last paragraph of Beauchamp's short statement (which, of course, Hume didn't bother to cite in full):

It's been maddening, to say the least, to see the plausibility of events that I witnessed questioned by people who have never served in Iraq. I was initially reluctant to take the time out of my already insane schedule fighting an actual war in order to play some role in an ideological battle that I never wanted to join. That being said, my character, my experiences, and those of my comrades in arms have been called into question, and I believe that it is important to stand by my writing under my real name.

Comment: So what would make Hume & the rest of the readtionaries happy? For Beauchamp to "confess" that he made it all up? For The New Republic to be bought by News Corp & turned into another piece of flufff? For the "liberal media" to admit -- finally! -- that they exist & are in fact working steadily to undermine this country? I mean, really? What would it take?

My own personal view on this: Anyone who has served (wokedude? Ebonius?) knows the stuff Beauchamp wrote about is at least *plausible.* Reactionary bloviators like Hume are ticked off because Beauchamp's articles challenge their fantasy of *our* soldiers as noble paladins conquering *those* awful infidels. They have no choice but to shout him down & shut him up. Perhaps most important, a piece of advice to Beauchamp: Does the phrase "friendly fire" ring a bell?

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

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