Victory's Just a Beauchamp Away

Katherine Jean-Lopez passes on an email from Michael Yon:

I intend to support the boycott being launched by Bob Owens. Boycotts against the media have proven effective: I launched one myself last year against a magazine that misused one of my photos and misrepresented me. That magazine collapsed.

The New Republic needs to be the latest example that the good old days of no-accountability are ending. They attacked American soldiers during a time of war, and they attacked those soldiers without justification. I happen to be in Baghdad with some of the soldiers they attacked. These soldiers have enough challenges with urban combat that they should not have to watch their backs for concern of irresponsible publications stabbing them.

That's not a very subtle stab in the back allegation now is it? Meanwhile, I don't know if it's more or less odd that in this instance the alleged backstabber is actually serving in the military as we speak.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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