Tomorrow I’m publishing a post about Rolling Stone retracting a phony gang-rape story, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who demonstrated that she was more interested in finding a narrative to fit her biases than doing objective and ethical reporting.
Erdely apologized to readers, the magazine staff, the “UVA community,” and rape victims, but not to Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity accused of a brutal gang-rape.
In the meantime, check out this clip with Deneen Borelli, Outreach Director at FreedomWorks, and Judge Andrew Napolitano. Borelli called Erdely an “activist journalist” trying to push the leftist (and non-existent) “war on women” meme. She didn’t do the necessary background work. The editors also failed.
Did you read the now pulled story? University of Virginia student Jackie Coakley said she was raped in the dark by several men while lying on the floor on top of broken glass — as part of a fraternity initiation. More about this fantastical account tomorrow.
Can the fraternity sue? Judge Napolitano said it might be a problem for a plaintiff, since Coakley didn’t name anyone. He added that defamation law in the U.S. applies only to individuals, not groups. By that could change.
Borelli analogized the rush to judgement in this incident to what happened in Ferguson. Will heads roll at Rolling Stone? Borelli noted that Ferguson witness Dorian Johnson, who lied about the events, “has yet to be held accountable.” As of this writing, the magazine hasn’t publicized plans to fire anybody.