POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kurtz: HuffPost "Blew The Whistle" On Phony National Review Reports

After nearly five months of mounting criticism, the New Republic yesterday disavowed reports about petty wartime cruelty in Iraq, saying the magazine had lost faith in the Army private who wrote them....

...The magazine's admission came as National Review Online acknowledged that two postings it carried from Lebanon by W. Thomas Smith Jr., a former Marine, were "misleading." One involved a report that 4,000 to 5,000 Hezbollah gunmen had "deployed to the Christian areas of Beirut in an unsettling 'show of force.' " No other journalist in Lebanon has reported seeing such a deployment....

...In the polarized world of the blogosphere, conservative Web sites, led by the Weekly Standard, hammered at the flawed reports in the New Republic, while the liberal Huffington Post blew the whistle on National Review. But while liberal bloggers pounced on Smith's work yesterday, they were joined by conservative Michelle Malkin, who accused the writer of "bogus, shoddy reporting" and "phenomenal errors."

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