In an exhaustive post on l’affaire Beauchamp, my old friend from Washington, D.C., Rich Miniter who has spent a good deal of time talking to the key players, exploring why the editors and fact-checkers at The New Republic failed to uncover Beauchamp’s lies.
In his extensive research, Rich found that the “magazine was at least as consumed by finding the whistle-blower [Robert McGee] than in presenting a full accounting to its readers.” That is, they were as devoted (if not more so) to finding the person leaking some facts about Beauchamp’s relation to the magazine as they were to checking the facts of Beauchamp’s various pieces for their publication.
As if in an attempt to deflect attention from the discrediting of an article providing a perspective consistent with a liberal narrative, the Huffington Post‘s Max Blumenthal focuses on the story’s gay angle, including the revelation that McGee is gay. Liberals seem to be obsessed with the supposed hypocrisy of gay conservatives.
Thus, once McGee did something which questioned the agenda of the left, he experienced reactions similar to those that many of us have encountered when we question liberal ideas and/or assumptions and the left-wing gay orthodoxy. Out “since college, he:
noted that few on the Right had raised any issues about his interest in men. He sometimes openly mentioned it on posts on Little Green Footballs. “No one ever made a big deal out of it,” he says, until the Huffington Post did.
And while many on the left (including readers of this blog) call us hypocrites, equating being a gay Republican with being a Jewish Nazi or black Klansman, most of us have discovered that gays on the left–and not just gays–give us more grief for being conservative than conservatives give us for being gay.
Why, I wonder yet again, do they hate us so?