What do you think of Rolling Stone’s retraction of the bogus UVA rape story?

[W]e are officially retracting ‘A Rape on Campus.’ We are also committing ourselves to a series of recommendations about journalistic practices that are spelled out in the report. We would like to apologize to our readers and to all of those who were damaged by our story and the ensuing fallout, including members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and UVA administrators and students. Sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses, and it is important that rape victims feel comfortable stepping forward. It saddens us to think that their willingness to do so might be diminished by our failings.

Will Dana, Managing Editor, Rolling Stone

“Rolling Stone’s ‘shock narrative’ about sex assaults at the University of Virginia was rife with bad journalism, and the magazine has nobody but its own staff to blame, Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll said Monday,” reports the Associated Press.

The NewsHour covered the findings of a police review that came to a similar conclusion two weeks ago.

“Rolling Stone magazine just plain got it wrong,” writes the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.

Cilliza continues:

That’s the conclusion of the massive (and massively long) piece penned by three officials at Columbia University journalism school, a report that details the fact that the story of a gang rape of a woman named “Jackie” at the University of Virginia was, in fact, simply not right.

So, that’s bad enough. What’s worse is that the errors made by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the article’s author, and the rest of the Rolling Stone editorial chain were entirely avoidable and encompassed the sort of basic reporting that every student in journalism school should know.

The fraternity at the center of the false story is active again on the UVA campus and plans to sue Rolling Stone over the retracted report.

Today’s Question: What do you think of Rolling Stone’s retraction of the bogus UVA rape story?

  • Norm

    You had one job Rolling Stone. You screwed it up. Nobody gets fired for this? Zero accountability.

    • reggie

      Hey Norm, hardly anyone gets fired for concocting a story. Just ask all the Wall Street financial engineers who made up investment stories. Not a one of them has faced charges. Just look at politicians who spout falsehoods, are publicly corrected, and continue to spout right through reelection. Zero accountability seems to be the American way.

  • Rose

    How could they be so blind? The editor should leave.

  • James

    How is Rolling Stone doing financially? In trouble? Probably. I wonder if they’ve had a few layoffs and a few talented people quit as they struggle with online competition. I suspect they are in death throes and this incident both a symptom of their problems and a catalyst for their imminent demise.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Dana is keeping them in the black. That is why Wenner won’t fire him.

  • Gary F

    Narrative journalism, the facts don’t matter if you have an agenda.
    But, it really doesn’t matter, she kept her job at the magazine.

    I could boldly say I’d boycott Rolling Stone magazine, but I haven’t read it in years. Way to leftist for me. And they don’t do enough on Alt-Country/Americanna music, and they left off Pete Buck of REM and Bob Stinson of the Replacements from their top 100 guitarists of all time.

    • KTN

      “and they left off Pete Buck of REM and Bob Stinson of the Replacements from their top 100 guitarists of all time”.
      Agreed. While neither is flashy, man can they get into a groove and wail.

      • Gary F

        But they did include Dennis “D” Boon of the Minutemen.

  • piteus

    Rolling Stone knew exactly what they were doing. Will Dana, Sean Woods, and Sabrina Rubin Erdely weren’t trying to bring light to the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses … they were just looking for a sensational story to sell clicks and magazines. They don’t care about “survivors.” If RS did, they would have begged Jackie to talk to the police. How can any father or mother leave a bunch of raping sociopaths to continue their terror on women? Because they knew the story wasn’t true. Rolling Stone didn’t make a mistake, they purposely destroyed the reputations of innocent people to make money. The editor and writer shouldn’t be fired … they should be put in jail.

  • John Dilligaf

    I see the editor apologized to the fraternity, but the author stopped short of apologizing to those most affected by her lies.

  • Pearly

    Nothing will happen, they will gat a pass. their heart was in the right place.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      A reckless slanderer’s heart is never in the right place. Nor is that of a greedy lynch mob of pseudojournalists. Nor is that of a lying female fantasist looking for attention. American media and academe empower misandrists and reputation rapists of innocent males and males in general. Sorry women get raped when they go to frat parties and get drunk with drunken frat boys, but really, how stupid can you get? American women have a crap attitude towards men, care more about drama than solutions and have been supported by American media to the hilt. College women, educated women, affluent women have never been the real victims in this society. It is the Black, the dark, the First Nations, the poor of both sexes who suffer as they always have while the media pours out its crocodile tears and studied outrage at the plight of their poor, poor, middle class daughters and wives. Malarkey.

  • Gary F

    Still wondering why NPR and the rest of the mainstream media took so long to talk about this story. Its been a story for at least a year or so.

  • Ulysses Tennyson

    Rolling Stone 2015: A Pitiful Shameless Giant

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Find or establish a site to begin boycott of RS advertisers.Only thing they understand. Put this rag in the wastebin where it belongs.