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 McG
hee, who was let go by the New Republic when he leaked TNR's dirty laundry.
A screen capture posted on mediabistro.com'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.
TNR sends her name down the memory hole.
Are we sure that she just didn't get divorced from Scott Beauchamp, and change her name from "I'm-with-stupid-Reeves"?
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.
Ahem, there's no "h" in my name.
Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out, Pablo.
So you guys can fact-check after all... I'm flabbergasted.
If you'd had an editor, that "h" would never have appeared. How typical of you irresponsible bloggers!
"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.
She had softly and suddenly vanished away -
For the Snark was a Beauchamp, you see!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
For the Snark was a Beauchamp, you see!
Eric Wilner gets my vote for winner of the thread! Bravo, sir.
You can only sell a book, IF you can find a publisher. That's the rub.
Carol, if Al Franken can find someone to publish him, Beauchamp can.