Rolling Stone Officially Withdraws UVA Story, Blames Rape Victims

by TARA CULP-RESSLER – Rolling Stone has officially retracted its explosive article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, after a top journalism school released a 12,000-word report detailing the magazine’s “journalistic failure” in reporting the story. The discredited story is now being held up as a case study in failed journalism. The report represents the final nail in the coffin of writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s cover story, “A Rape On Campus,” which came under increasing scrutiny after it was first published at the end of last year. Rolling Stone’s retraction has also reopened a contentious debate about whether being appropriately sensitive to sexual assault victims is inherently in conflict with the fact-checking standards for journalists. At Rolling Stone’s request, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism undertook an independent investigation of “A Rape On Campus,” after other outlets raised serious concerns about discrepancies in Erdely’s reporting. The review...

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Stunning Revelation Of Shoddy Journalism: Rolling Stone Admits Bombshell UVA Rape Article May Be False

by ALEXANDER KNOX – Rolling Stone has admitted to shoddy journalism after its recent article about a student named “Jackie” who was at the center of a story about an organized gang rape at the University of Virginia, which has come under intense scrutiny. The original article has now been amended with the following preface: 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...

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