Does the New Republic have another fabulist on staff? Editors at The Weekly Standard—who, as full-time administration supporters, know from b.s. military dispatches—claim that the magazine's 'Baghdad Diarist' (allegedly an American soldier in Iraq) is a fraud. TNR editor Franklin Foer has launched an investigation—how could he not, what with all the stories Stephen Glass made up for the magazine in the '90s—but is generally supportive of the diarist, noting helpfully that he's pretty sure that the guy is at least a soldier. Maybe the investigation can run in the book and bulk it up those 80 pages they promised but never delivered.

Doubts Raised on Magazine's 'Baghdad Diarist' [NYT]