December 08, 2014

An Updated Apology That Is Deemed More Correct And Sensitive – But That Also Obscures The Truth

Rolling Stone apologized for the lousy journalism that allowed the UVa frat gang rape story to reach print.

Rolling Stone magazine has updated the “note to readers” that it posted Friday in light of a Washington Post report casting doubts on its article “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which told the horrific story of a University of Virginia freshman named Jackie suffering a seven-man gang rape in 2012 at the prestigious Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. “We apologize to anyone who was affected by the story and we will continue to investigate the events of that evening,” reads the last line of the note.

The new version makes one significant deletion. Gone is this line: “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.” That sentiment aligned with an ugly history of blaming rape victims for their trauma and for shaming them when their stories occasionally don’t pan out. Now, the key line reads, “These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie.”

That’s not only more sensitive, but more accurate as well.

Yes, there was failure on the part of everybody involved at Rolling Stone. But let’s be honest – they were also incorrect to take Jackie’s account at face value. Indeed, that was one of their failings – engaging in a credulous acceptance of outrageous claims on the grounds because we are all supposed to “believe the victim”. Good journalism would have involved asking questions and verifying facts – but that went against the liberal mantra of “believe the victim” because “rape culture”. Good journalism would have involved questioning the students who were named and accused to get their side of the story rather than placing unquestioned trust in the accuser – but in the liberal mindset that pervades the editorial offices of Rolling Stone, doing so would make one a “rape apologist”. When faced with a choice between being good liberals or good journalists, Rolling Stone chose to be good liberals.

So yes, Rolling Stone made mistakes. But one of those mistakes was to place trust in someone whose story was so full of holes that even the supposed corroborating witnesses found the story being told to – and by – Rolling Stone to be something other than the truth as they knew it. Their trust in Jackie was therefore misplaced – but the mistake was entirely Rolling Stone’s. But that does not absolve Jackie of telling a story that now appears to be substantially untrue.

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What is infuriating about the "Ok, the story MAY be sorta not entirely true, but we believe Jackie" meme is that her story, in and of itself, is crap.

1) She said a Phi Psi guy lured her in and let the pledges rape her. Turns out the guy isn't part of that fraternity.

Give that some thought - did they farm out, and so totally trust some outside guy to procure them some random woman (leaving him on the hook for their actions, but getting nothing himself?!) for the gang rape ?!

And this is a ritual? Going on for years? And NO ONE has broken the silence!?

2) She said she was assaulted on top of broken glass for HOURS (3 hours) by 5-7 guys (her account changed) and yet did not get insane lacerations and not lose massive amounts of blood!?

3) Related to that - when asked (paraphrased) "how did you get out, walk past everyone covered in bruised and blood" and her reply is that she was led down a side stairs and unceremoneously dumped outside.

WHAT?! Um turns out there **ARE NO SIDE / BACK STAIRS** - and then they just left her outside - beaten, broken, bleeding, and no one noticed her?! She did not pass 5-30 people on her way back to her dorm, and NO ONE noticed her bloody body!?

Google where this fraternity house is - it's right there on the main campus - not some dive hidden halfway across town.

4) She got home, to her dorm, and her roomate, who she regularly dressed in front of (anyone remember living in a dorm!?) never noticed the multitude of lacerations on her back, arms etc - or the bloody clothing, or her bruises from her HOURS long assault?! Really? "didn't notice"


No Jackie **LIED** - she made up, out of whole cloth, a story about rape.

She needs to go to jail.

|| Posted by Steven, December 8, 2014 07:20 PM ||

Oh, sorry - wanted to add:

5) The Fraternity does not rush pledges until the spring - so, they did NOT HAVE PLEDGES in the fall semester.

6) The party was, according to Jackie, loud and big - again, this fraternity house in smack dab in the middle of campus - and they are required to register all parties with the campus and the police. No such party was registered, and unregistered parties are quickly squashed and the fraternity faces stiff penalties for not registering it.

Hello!? No party when she said there was one.

She's freaking lying.

|| Posted by Steven, December 8, 2014 07:23 PM ||

And they wonder why most sane people have absolutely no faith in any portion of the mainstream media.

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