A Note to Readers at The Plank:
Several conservative blogs have raised questions about the Diarist “Shock Troops,” written by a soldier in Iraq using the pseudonym Scott Thomas. Whenever anybody levels serious accusations against a piece published in our magazine, we take those charges seriously. Indeed, we’re in the process of investigating them. I’ve spoken extensively with the author of the piece and have communicated with other soldiers who witnessed the events described in the diarist. Thus far, these conversations have done nothing to undermine–and much to corroborate–the author’s descriptions. I will let you know more after we complete our investigation.
If you happen to be one of these people that Foer has talked to, please don’t hesitate to contact a non-TNR-affiliated journalists. Don’t think you’ll be treated unfairly because of someone’s ideology; I’m sure that the vast majority of people who have weighed in on this issue are much less interested in scoring points against TNR than in being the first to get the story right. If you need to remain anonymous, I can assure you that I’ll respect that.