Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Story Falls Apart
First of all… Some people deserve to lose their jobs over this.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely of Rolling Stone Magazine went fishing for a college rape story. She finally found one that fit the narrative she was looking for but unfortunately for everyone involved, it was full of holes.
Today, just as the Washington Post took a break from obsessing about low level GOP staffers to investigate Erdely’s story, Rolling Stone published a semi-apology for publishing the story without all the facts.
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A Note to Our Readers
To Our Readers:
Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house; the university’s failure to respond to this alleged assault – and the school’s troubling history of indifference to many other instances of alleged sexual assaults. The story generated worldwide headlines and much soul-searching at UVA. University president Teresa Sullivan promised a full investigation and also to examine the way the school responds to sexual assault allegations.
Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie’s story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her. In the months Erdely spent reporting the story, Jackie neither said nor did anything that made Erdely, or Rolling Stone’s editors and fact-checkers, question Jackie’s credibility. Her friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported Jackie’s account. She had spoken of the assault in campus forums. We reached out to both the local branch and the national leadership of the fraternity where Jackie said she was attacked. They responded that they couldn’t confirm or deny her story but had concerns about the evidence.
In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.
Since the publication of Rolling Stone’s article, people who expressed any skepticism were labeled “rape apologists” and “rape truthers” by leftists who were more interested in pushing an agenda than discovering the truth.
Those folks are eating a well deserved diet of shit tonight.
By publishing that story without all the facts, Rolling Stone not only did a disservice to legitimate victims of sexual assault, they stood to ruin the lives of the young men accused and tarnished the reputation of the University of Virginia.
Rolling Stone damaged their own credibility and made the many liberal journalists who praised the article look like the fools they are…
The liberal media in America has become completely corrupt. As Erick Erickson of Red State suggested today, they are putting the causes they support ahead of the truth.
As my Legal Insurrection colleague Kemberlee Kaye pointed out today, this is the third rape allegation this week that has either been debunked or inaccurately reported.
The next report I want to hear from Rolling Stone is who got fired for this.
After that, maybe they could stick to articles about music.