Rolling Stone FALSELY REPORTS GANG RAPE AT UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. Now hiding under their desks.
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A charge of rape at UVA unravels, and so does a political narrative.
Updated Dec. 6, 2014 2:40 p.m. ET
Rolling Stone magazine has now acknowledged “discrepancies” in an article it published last month about an alleged premeditated gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. Reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely made sensational allegations based solely on the testimony of the alleged victim. Ms. Erdely also made no attempt to get a comment from the alleged assailants, a failing that bloggers and columnists first pointed out.
All publications make mistakes, including us, but this one is worth some meditation for what it says about our larger media and political culture. All the more so given the amount of laudatory national attention the story received, and the trauma it caused at UVA.