Franklin Foer files a long account of the Beauchamp affair as it appeared from his end. The conclusion:
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.
There’s a lot to pick through in Foer’s self-serving and tendentious account, but the bottom line is clear: There’s simply no excuse for how long it took TNR to retract these stories.
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