Why the winter soldier?

Maulkin’s report on the Winter Soldier Syndrome is the cited reference on understanding the latest example.

The tale of Army Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the discredited “Baghdad Diarist” for the discredited New Republic magazine, is an old tale

Winter Soldier Syndrome will only be cured when the costs of slandering the troops outweigh the benefits. Exposing Scott Thomas Beauchamp and his brethren matters because the truth matters. The honor of the military matters. The credibility of the media matters.

Doug notes this same phenomena in Media Hall of Shame where the perpetrators are media stars.

What do Dan Rather, Eason Jordan, Gavyn Davies, Howell Raines and now Thomas Beauchamp all have in common? They’re all in John Wixted’s Liberal Media Hall of Shame for ruining their own careers because of lies told to promote a liberal agenda.

The Rather episode brought about the ‘fake but accurate’ idea where the dishonesty become so blatant that a rationalization of serving a greater, more abstract, purpose had to be invented. That is why Dr. Sanity is needed for an insight into these defenses of the mind from a trained and educated psychologist.

Some have wondered why the latest New Republic episode is getting the attention that it does. They see it as a minor thing. But it is the second time the magazine has been caught publishing grossly inaccurate material. It displays a pattern of propaganda that fits into a broader fantasies promulgated to support a dishonest perception. It is just one part of a much bigger picture. It says more about an illness in society by its publication than the stories themselves.

That is, it is an illness if the truth does matter, if integrity does matter, if honor and respect for others does matter.

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