January 22, 2008

Yes, They Said It

Among the documents provided by FOIA requests to U.S. Central Command was this FOIA request from Peter Scoblic of The New Republic.

This particular paragraph is rich with... well, you know.

TNR's senior editorial staff, particularly Franklin Foer, has been the primary if not exclusive source for attacks against the integrity and credibility of the U.S. military investigation from the very beginning of the criticism over "Shock Troops," all the way through Foer's belated, unapologetic retraction.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 22, 2008 12:19 AM

The MSM is giving the NR a pass on this. The TNR is one of their own. If this had been a Republican magazine lying about, say...the Clintons, it'd be twenty-four/seven "news".

All the unual double standards apply.

Posted by: Increase Mather at January 22, 2008 06:39 AM

I would be interested in knowing what information they requested, and exactly when they requested it. For one, the date would say a lot about their due diligence (sp? no coffee yet) and for another, it would indicate if they were interested in learning the truth or if they were more interested in trying to find out dirt on people other than SB.

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at January 22, 2008 07:19 AM

Ooops. Had caffiene, now followed the link. Interesting, as I've heard a rumor that they have now filed another FOIA after records pertaining to contact between PAO and others such as yourself in regards this matter. As if trying to establish improper contact or some other form of malfeasance as a way to discredit the investigation and results...

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at January 22, 2008 09:27 AM

--hands LW another cup of coffee--

Of course, TNR never wanted confirmation of STB's story... to them, it fits The Narrative, so it must be The Trooth, and the facts be damned. All they want is some way of discrediting those who discredited TNR and STB.

The Politics of Personal Destruction are still a vital part of the left.

Posted by: C-C-G at January 22, 2008 09:41 AM

the TNR's reaction to this "public affairs officer" deigning to talk with a member of "the public" is telling.

God help them if they find out that there's a "County Extension Office" where "citizens" can send things like their "soil samples" for "analysis" and/or have their "questions" answered ... for free.

Or, more accurately, as "a service which is provided using revenue from taxes."

I look forward to their article: Red Staters Benefit Most from Little Known, Perhaps Secret, Government Program.

The willingness to pick up a phone and call somebody you don't already know about a subject you're willing to learn about seems to be the distinctive characteristic between MSM journalists and bloggers.

Posted by: Passerby at January 22, 2008 09:48 AM

The line about "...the information not primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor." is also a side splitter.

Remember when these were just stupid throwaway slice of life stories that no one should get worked up about? I do.

And now, with TNR's goose on the spit, the information is a matter of national urgency because the PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!!!

Posted by: Pablo at January 23, 2008 01:33 AM