Climb Down

Blah, blah, blah. At the end of ten pages of mostly nothing, Franklin Foer of The New Republic finally comes to the point:

When I last spoke with Beauchamp in early November, he continued to stand by his stories. Unfortunately, the standards of this magazine require more than that. And, in light of the evidence available to us, after months of intensive re-reporting, we cannot be confident that the events in his pieces occurred in exactly the manner that he described them. Without that essential confidence, we cannot stand by these stories.

Michelle Malkin:

At long last, TNR ‘fesses up to the Scott Thomas Beauchamp debacle. In an act of grace, the magazine has thanked its critics and apologized to the military.

No, just kidding about the thanking and apologizing part.

As I said below, after twenty years of this kind of thing, really who cares at the end of the day. But it is comforting to know that there are some people who doggedly defend those who can't defend themselves in the court of public opinion.

Update: Bob Owens, the authority on this story, (too) kindly puts an end to it.