It was a story that ricocheted across the Internet, leaving waves of shock and outrage in its path.
On November 19, Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely published an article about rapes committed by members of a University of Virginia fraternity — and cover-ups by the school’s administration. On December 5th, the magazine issued a retraction in which it apologized for not reaching out to the accused rapists of Erdely’s source, a woman identified as Jackie, and claiming her story had discrepancies — aka, journalism code for “please don’t sue us for libel.”
But while Rolling Stone‘s quasi-retraction may be a shrewd legal move, it is irresponsible for several reasons — most significantly because it reinforces media pressure to treat rape charges and victims with skepticism. Read More Why Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Apology Is Irresponsible