September 25, 2007

Another "Beauchamp-related" Vacancy at The New Republic

The first known departure related to the Scott Thomas Beauchamp scandal was assistant to the publisher Robert McGhee, who was let go by the New Republic when he leaked TNR's dirty laundry.

A screen capture posted on's FishbowlDC seems to indicate that TNR fact-checker and Beauchamp's wife Elspeth Reeve is also no longer with the beleaguered magazine.

Update: Patrick Gavin, who posted the Facebook entry noting that Reeve was no longer at The New Republic, has followed up on his original post, noting that Reeve has indeed left the magazine, but:

...not for any sinister reasons. Her year-long internship had expired and she is currently working as a research assistant for Mike Grunwald.

Reeve's first published story for TNR, "Patriot Act," was published May 3, 2006. Reeve was still on the Masthead in July of 2007, and according to Robert McGee, she was still employed at The New Republic when he was fired July 26 for revealing her marriage to Beauchamp, more than 14 months later.

The New Republic is apparently no better at keeping time than they are checking facts.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 25, 2007 10:25 AM

Her name is gone from the Masthead:

Her name used to be in the middle at Reporter-Researchers.

Posted by: Dusty at September 25, 2007 11:45 AM

TNR sends her name down the memory hole.

Posted by: Ryan Frank at September 25, 2007 04:01 PM

Are we sure that she just didn't get divorced from Scott Beauchamp, and change her name from "I'm-with-stupid-Reeves"?

Posted by: Lokki at September 25, 2007 04:07 PM

Very interesting. "Frank doesn't want to tell Ellie that her husband's a liar." comes to mind.

There's no "h" in McGee, BTW.

Posted by: Pablo at September 25, 2007 05:45 PM

Ahem, there's no "h" in my name.

Posted by: Robert McGee at September 25, 2007 05:50 PM

Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out, Pablo.

Posted by: Robert "yes, the" McGee at September 25, 2007 05:51 PM

So you guys can fact-check after all... I'm flabbergasted.

Posted by: Stewed Hamm at September 26, 2007 12:05 AM

If you'd had an editor, that "h" would never have appeared. How typical of you irresponsible bloggers!

Posted by: K T Cat at September 26, 2007 07:08 AM

"Elspeth Reeve does not work at TNR. Elspeth Reeve has never worked at TNR."

His work for the day well done, Winston Smith sucked down a glass of Victory gin.

Posted by: Patrick Carroll at September 26, 2007 08:26 AM

She had softly and suddenly vanished away -
For the Snark was a Beauchamp, you see!

Posted by: Eric Wilner at September 26, 2007 08:55 AM

Nice Instalink, CY. I'd question the heads rolling route, though.

Ellie, and Scott, BTW, separately or together, have more than enough for a tell-all book, plus a bunch of interviews. This departure may have been by choice.

We may find out all that went on in the hallways and offices of TNR on this, yet.

Posted by: Dusty at September 26, 2007 10:36 AM


A "tell all book"??

Other than political maniacs who would care? Who would know? Hell. Who out there actually knows what TNR or The New Republic *is*? And how would they publicize it to a population that doesn't even care now?

"Well Scott Beauchamp was a bit of an asshat so he and his wife, who helped him pass off some idiotic nonsense as if it were true, are now writing a book and effectively passing a hat..."

Would that pique your interest? Frankly I've kept up with this and it would still bore the hell out of me.

Posted by: memomachine at September 26, 2007 12:11 PM

Any book written by Beauchamp and Reeve would have to be classified as fiction. Beauchamp has already demonstrated his preference for "fake-but-accurate" storytelling, and Reeve was a "fact-checker" who evidently would not recognize an actual fact if it bit her on the ass. Why would anyone believe a single word written by either of them?

Posted by: Pat at September 26, 2007 12:48 PM

Memomachine and Pat, you both miss the point. There is a market for it. It would sell. Not only owuld it sell, if done well (meaning having lots of juicy bits and lots of outrageous claims as well as good marketing of it) it's possible to keep it in the commented on by many, particularly on the Internet, thus pushing up sales.

That it would sell and they might make some good money is the point. Not whether it's fiction or popular or if anyone believes them. Lastly, I am not recommending it or them, I'm just suggesting what might occur based on sound observation of reality.

Posted by: Dusty at September 26, 2007 04:04 PM

This is pretty far fetched, but maybe Scott's warrior sperm knocked her up all the way from Iraq. You know how crazy war makes a man. Scott wrote about it and all.

Posted by: daleyrocks at September 26, 2007 05:03 PM
For the Snark was a Beauchamp, you see!

Eric Wilner gets my vote for winner of the thread! Bravo, sir.

Posted by: Mary in LA at September 26, 2007 06:57 PM

You can only sell a book, IF you can find a publisher. That's the rub.

Posted by: Carol Herman at September 26, 2007 10:01 PM

Carol, if Al Franken can find someone to publish him, Beauchamp can.

Posted by: C-C-G at September 26, 2007 10:22 PM