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Yet another left-wing ‘narrative’ crashes

Was it “Fake but accurate”? Or just fake? You decide. Rolling Stone’s apology, via Ace:

To Our Readers:

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 story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her. In the months Erdely spent reporting the story, Jackie neither said nor did anything that made Erdely, or Rolling Stone’s editors and fact-checkers, question Jackie’s credibility. Her friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported Jackie’s account. She had spoken of the assault in campus forums. We reached out to both the local branch and the national leadership of the fraternity where Jackie said she was attacked. They responded that they couldn’t confirm or deny her story but had concerns about the evidence.

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. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.

Will Dana
Managing Editor

Emphasis added. Once again, let’s underscore that Rolling Stone originally published their inflammatory story with zero attempt to check with the accused men. The accused fraternity is preparing to defend itself. Meanwhile, the media give minimal scrutiny to actual rapists – if they’re Democrats.

From the comments: Left-wing feminists go full-meltdown over losing The Narrative. SooperMexican has many examples of jaw-dropping Twitter illogic from Sally Kohn, Amanda Marcotte and others.

I simply must comment on one of the examples. Amanda Marcotte said “What I don’t get is if rape apologists are so sure rapes are hoaxes, why oppose investigating them and getting out that fact?” That’s mind-blowing revisionism, Amanda. The skeptics’ point was that we SHOULD investigate the UVa rape charges, thoroughly. Left-wing feminists had abandoned the duty to investigate.

One more: Melissa McEwan tweeted “I can’t state this more emphatically: If Jackie’s story is partially or wholly untrue, it doesn’t validate the reasons for disbelieving her.” Melissa, I can’t state this more emphatically: Your tweet is psychotic. The reason one would believe or disbelieve Jackie is PRECISELY IF her story happens to be true or untrue. So, the reasons for disbelieving Jackie are BY DEFINITION validated, if it turns out that Jackie’s story is partially or wholly untrue.

Update: In today’s world of smug fake-apologies, let’s give credit when we see a genuine apology. Anna Merlan wrote, “when I dismissed Richard Bradley and Robby Soave’s doubts about the story and called them ‘idiots’ for picking apart Jackie’s account, I was dead f*cking wrong, and for that I sincerely apologize.” Kudos!



  1. This is a testament to the efficacy of the New Media. There was a time when left-wing narratives went unchallenged.

    In the 1970’s, entire industries (nuclear power, DDT) were shut down when dubious left-wing narratives went unchallenged. In 1981, Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for a story that was revealed… over a year after its publication … as a complete fabrication. In the 1990s, Stephen Glass wrote for The New Republic for years before its was discovered that most of his stories were made up.

    Without the New Media, the UVa gang rape story would have become accepted lore. Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin would still be innocent schoolboys gunned down by racist white men.

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2014 @ 2:35 pm - December 5, 2014

  2. V, good point. I remember (and still love) the first two big leftie narratives to be crashed, back in 2004:

    1) Kerry the war hero – debunked by Swift Vets; new media helped.
    2) Bush the duty dodger – debunked, became Rathergate with its famous “throbbing memo” at LGF (while Charles still had brain cells).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 5, 2014 @ 3:11 pm - December 5, 2014

  3. Fake but now the story is “it’s the narrative that’s important.”

    Good news is it didn’t happen.
    Bad news is Rolling stone smeared a fraternity and uva went overboard and some people might get sued.

    Comment by just me — December 5, 2014 @ 3:25 pm - December 5, 2014

  4. Thankfully this fabrication was debunked BEFORE anyone else’s reputation was dragged through the mud — and the legal quagmire. The young men falsely-accused on the Duke lacrosse team spent millions of dollars in legal and investigative fees…and their names will still ‘google’ the accusation.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — December 5, 2014 @ 5:23 pm - December 5, 2014

  5. John Derbyshire has labeled this sequence – outrage promoted by lefties that’s found to be bollocks – as “narrative collapse”.

    The is repeated over and over (Trayvon Martin, nooses, rapes, Duke lacrosse case, Michael Brown, Matthew Shepard(*), etc, etc) yet the media never misses a chance to run with these things without asking the most basic questions.

    These are deliberate attempts to drive the populace to ever-higher states of agitation. I don’t know what the reasoning is but I am certain that things will not end well.

    I haven’t read transcript because my interest is not in what happened. – Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Hannity

    * – no doubt that Shepard was brutally murdered but the gay-bashing narrative has collapsed.

    Comment by KCRob — December 5, 2014 @ 7:20 pm - December 5, 2014

  6. Feminists in full meltdown “Like the crazy house exploded”

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - December 5, 2014

  7. V – now an update!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 5, 2014 @ 8:41 pm - December 5, 2014

  8. Think Feel Progress defends the gang rape narrative by noting 3 black on white gang rapes.

    Comment by Steve — December 6, 2014 @ 1:49 pm - December 6, 2014

  9. They’re barrel-scraping. I mean, the “White Frat-Boy PatriarKKKy Will Gang-Rape You!” narrative was clearly the narrative they would have rather had.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 6, 2014 @ 2:09 pm - December 6, 2014

  10. I think the story was probably “truthy.”

    Comment by Lee — December 7, 2014 @ 10:13 am - December 7, 2014

  11. Yes, it’s called a retraction. that’s something reputable media outlets do when they print/air a story that has a mistake, is wrong, etc. And yes, they erred horribly by not fact checking before the story went to press when they clearly should have done so.

    Comment by Kevin — December 8, 2014 @ 1:37 am - December 8, 2014

  12. Kevin – FYI, Rolling Stone has NOT retracted. That is, they still have not said their story was wrong.

    They’ve only said things like “there appear to be discrepancies”, “our trust in Jackie was misplaced”, “we regret the decision not to contact the alleged assaulters”.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 8, 2014 @ 5:45 am - December 8, 2014

  13. […] appears that the fakery we’ve been discussing in the Rolling Stone / U-Va rape case may have come from both “Jackie” (the alleged […]

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