Many of y’all doubted me when, on October 12, I wrote a post titled The New Republic Is Headed for a Great Fall. In it, I said:
One senses that, while the editors have publicly maintained a posture of defending Beauchamp, they have desperately scrambled internally — all the while wondering: just how in the hell is this happening?
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After weeks and weeks and weeks of stonewalling, it’s going to be hard to spin this as a tale of “he lied to us.” They should know that by now. And by not responding, they are lying to us, the public.
And if, as Power Line suggests, the content of their conversation with Beauchamp becomes public, and it suggests that what I have said above is true — that despite a public face of confidence in their story, they were actually trembling with fear over their reputations — then the fallout will be very ugly indeed.
Fast forward to today’s Drudge Report:
The DRUDGE REPORT has since obtained the transcript of a September 7 call between TNR editor Frank Foer, TNR executive editor Peter Scoblic, and Private Beauchamp. During the call, Beauchamp declines to stand by his stories, telling his editors that “I just want it to end. I’m not going to talk to anyone about anything really.” The editors respond that “we just can’t, in good conscience, continue to defend the piece” without an explanation, but Beauchamp responds only that he “doesn’t care what the public thinks.” The editors then ask Beauchamp to cancel scheduled interviews with the WASHINGTON POST and NEWSWEEK.
Please don’t doubt me again.
UPDATE: Not all of you “get” the playful gloating tone I’m using here, consistent with the title and motto of my site. But, undeterred, I will continue to speak in that voice, and note what I consider one of the key passages from the conversation:
Now, remember what I said on October 12:
Where I suspect this is headed is simple: the editors can’t hide forever. Sooner or later they are going to have to address this. And if they can’t get something solid from Beauchamp, then they are going to have to retract the story.
If they do that, they will throw him overboard. Count on it. The story line will be: it was a guy lying to his editors. How could they have known?
When this happens, I’ll remind you that I told you so.
Consider yourself reminded.
UPDATE x2: You probably already know this, but Michelle Malkin has links to the documents that Drudge has since taken down.
You can’t keep a lid on stuff like this once it goes up, Drudge — as the recent Howard Bashman episode showed — so why take them down?
UPDATE x3: Ace is asking the same question I am asking:
Why did the editors decide not to report on Beauchamp’s September 7 phone call, in which he steadfastly refused to re-affirm his stories, despite TNR’s pressure that without such re-affirmation they would be forced to retract?