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UVa “rape” narrative collapses…even more

This Washington Post article is everywhere today, and with good reason. I just want to catch up anyone who may have missed it.

It appears that the fakery we’ve been discussing in the Rolling Stone / U-Va rape case is worse than we thought, and may have come from both “Jackie” (the alleged rape victim) and Sabrina Rubin Erdely (the Rolling Stone writer who turns out to be a past writing associate of the infamous fabulist, Stephen Glass).

First, a bit about Jackie’s seeming fakery. Going by the WaPo article, it’s possible that she invented her admirer “Drew”, whom Rolling Stone identified as her rapist:

Jackie told her three friends that she accepted the upperclassman’s invitation for a dinner date on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Curious about Jackie’s date, the friends said that they tried to find the student on a U-Va. database and social media but couldn’t. Andy, Cindy and Randall all said they never met the student in person. Before Jackie’s date, the friends became suspicious that perhaps they hadn’t really been in contact with the chemistry student [via text messages to "his" number which Jackie had given the friends] at all, they said.

U-Va. officials told The Post that no student with the name Jackie provided to her friends as her date and attacker in 2012 had ever enrolled at the university.

Randall provided The Post with pictures that Jackie’s purported date had sent of himself by text message in 2012. The Post identified the person in the pictures and learned that his name does not match the one Jackie gave friends in 2012. In an interview, the man said he was Jackie’s high school classmate but “never really spoke to her.”

The man said he was never a U-Va. student and is not a member of any fraternity. Additionally, he said that he had not visited Charlottesville in at least six years and that he was in another state participating in an athletic event during the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012.

“I have nothing to do with it,” he said. He said it appears that the circulated photos were pulled from social media Web sites.

The WaPo article covers much other ground, including tidbits such as Erdely having painted Jackie’s friends as callous and as having refused Erdely’s interview requests, while the friends say that they had always encouraged Jackie to report her rape story to the police and that Erdely never made the slightest effort to interview any of them.

It looks as though 2 troubled women, acting somewhat separately (or deceiving each other), managed between them to cook up a fraternity-blaming hoax that liberals rushed to believe because it fit liberals’ prejudices. Or as V says, because it fit The Narrative that liberals are out to push. Get this:

U-Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan…wants the university community to focus on prevention of sexual assault.

That may be good, but perhaps Sullivan should have the U-Va. community also focus on *prevention of hoaxes and/or witch hunts* that only punish scads of innocent U-Va. students.

UPDATE: A link to Erdely putting down Stephen Glass. Your daily dose of irony.

While Liberals Fret Over “Torture,” Islamists Murder Gays

Posted by V the K at 10:40 am - December 10, 2014.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands

While sanctimonious liberals like Diane Feinstein and John McCain expressed their outrage that some Mohammedan terrorists were forced to wear diapers and deprived of sleep,  the Mohammedan terrorists whose comfort concerns them so much apparently did this

The Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday posted photographs appearing to show jihadists throw a “gay” off a rooftop and then stoning him to death.

“The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practised sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city, and then stoned to death,” read a statement accompanying the images.

I guess I care as little about the humiliation of Mohammedan terrorists as the left does about conservatives who were harassed by Obama’s IRS, or the 300 Mexicans and 2 border agents killed with guns the Obama administration supplied to Mexican drug cartels.

And I would bet some lefty troll is reading this and thinking, “OK, Islamists stoning gay people to death is pretty bad; but Christians refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings is equally bad.”

Planned Parenthood Asks High School Freshlings: “Are You Ready for Sex?”

Posted by V the K at 10:09 am - December 10, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

The Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Curriculum being used in public (or should that be ‘pubic’) schools is… pretty much what one would expect.

Some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity.

genderbread chart

Note, California also mandates that kids be indoctrinated with gay history; being taught that Harry Hay (cough… NAMBLA) and Harvey Milk (cough… Jim Jones) were fabulous people, but the Founding Fathers were old-white slave-owning racists.

Meanwhile, Chinese kids are learning math and science…

And they wonder why conservatives home school.

America’s Worst Gay Couple?

Posted by V the K at 4:04 pm - December 9, 2014.
Filed under: Gay Politics

Worse than Terry Bean and his Tina-Lovin’ 42-years-younger Boy Toy? I would disagree.

Just three years ago, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge were the toast of the liberal establishment. The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide “gay power couple.” In 2012, Hughes bought The New Republic, rescuing the flagship liberal magazine from financial peril and establishing himself as a player in Washington. At the same time, Eldridge was quietly preparing to run for Congress in upstate New York.

How swiftly things change. In just the past two months, one half of this pair managed to single-handedly destroy a storied journalistic institution, while the other suffered a crushing electoral defeat in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Does this mean that, to the liberal establishment, losing a congressional seat and inspiring a bunch of liberal writers to quit their jobs are worse than child rape?

HT: Peter H.


To the Left, Some Rapes < Other Rapes

Posted by V the K at 2:29 pm - December 9, 2014.
Filed under: Democrats & Double Standards

The same leftist jackanapes insisting that rape is so serious that a woman’s accusation should always be treated as proof-positive that a rape occurred have been somewhat… um… inconsistent … in the application of that doctrine in the past. There is Juanita Broaddrick, as one example. But the progressive left was also quick to defend Hillary Clinton’s defense of a rapist, which consisted mainly of painting the 12 year old victim as a slut who had it coming to her.

And Glenn Reynolds has found several other examples of occasions when the left has been willing to give a rapist a pass. The one thing they all have in common? The accused is a prominent Democrat.

When public lying is your job

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 11:19 am - December 9, 2014.
Filed under: Government Accountability & Ethics,National Security

HotAir had this clip a few days ago, making the point that President Obama is flailing on his Egypt policy. I’m more into the “human interest” side of it.

The State Dept. spokeswoman has only meaningless answers on Egypt. Her smile frozen, she delivers her lines to her skeptical audience in a patronizing tone. When it’s over, she confessionally mutters, “That Egypt line is ridiculous.”

I almost feel sorry for her. But, if being Bree on Desperate Housewives were my job, I’d quit.

Video via the Washington Free Beacon; also on Russia Today via Zero Hedge.

Leftists hate hearing about the socialist roots of Nazism

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 11:09 am - December 9, 2014.
Filed under: Freedom,History,World History

That’s my embriefening of Daniel Hannan’s title from February: Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism.

Short version of this post: Hannan is awesome, so why not go read it?

Long version: I’ll tease his article for you, then add my comments. (more…)

Discuss the Democrats’ “Torture” Report

Posted by V the K at 7:24 am - December 9, 2014.
Filed under: War On Terror

The Senate Democrats are releasing a report on the CIA’s use of “torture” today. At this stage, there seems no point in relitigating whether the use of harsh but non-injurious interrogation techniques (e.g. waterboarding. sleep deprivation, stress positions) to derive intelligence that saves innocent human lives is actually “torture.” But one does wonder why, after eight years in power, the Democrats are just *now* releasing this report as they are headed out the door? One can speculate as to the reasons for the timing:

  • One last opportunity to slam the Bush Administration, because Democrat political success hinges on keeping hate directed at their opposition.
  • An opportunity for the self-righteous moral preening the left is so fond of indulging in; regardless of the cost in human lives and destruction
  • Leaving a big, steaming turd on the desk for the incoming Republican majority to deal with.
  • [Update] I almost forgot, thanks Heliotrope, fossilized Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein has a personal vendetta with the CIA.

Now, if the USA were engaged in the kind of torture that ISIS and the (much beloved by the left) Cuban Communist Regimes does — pulling off fingernails, burning people alive, physical disfigurement — has done, and for no other purpose than sadistic retribution, that would be something to be outraged about. But as for shedding a tear because the Mohammadan butcher Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded to get vital, life-saving information…


The Narrative Decides What Becomes News

Posted by V the K at 7:48 pm - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Media Bias,Post 9-11 America

Jeff’s post on St. Matthew of Wyoming got me to thinking about narratives, and how the MFM is incapable of covering stories that don’t fit the narratives they believe in.

In the Matthew Shepard case, the story went national because it fit a progressive narrative: the one that goes “Red state America is filled with bigots who hate and murder gays.” The near simultaneous rape and murder of thirteen year old Jesse Dirkhising by two gay men in Arkansas was not national news; because there is no narrative that permits gay men to be portrayed as sexual predators.

We see the same thing with the national coverage of the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.  These stories are not only covered because of The Narrative, but have to be carefully shaded to fit The Narrative that racist cops kill young black men with impunity because America is a racist country where black lives don’t matter. Meanwhile, three white cops have been indicted over the last four months for shooting unarmed black men — in red southern South Carolina — but this is not worthy of wall-to-wall national media attention because it doesn’t fit the Narrative. (It will become newsworthy only if they are acquitted.)

And then, there is the University of Virginia gang-rape story, which has since been revealed to be a hoax (probably), but which gained national attention because, like the Duke lacrosse case before it, it fit a feminist-promoted Narrative of colleges as rape zones where privileged white males ran amok. In 2013, a thirteen year old girl was gang-raped by illegal immigrants. But The Narrative insists that illegal immigrants are victims, not perpetrators, so that story was not covered by the national media.

Above all the other Narratives is the one the progressive left believes above all the others; that middle America is bigoted, hateful, and potentially violent. For that reason, negative stories about gays, illegal immigrants, or Muslims must be suppressed; lest Middle Americans pause from raping their sister-cousins, pick up their AR-15′s, and begin shooting everybody who talks with a lisp or whose skin is more than a shade darker than Katy Perry from the backs of their pick-ups.

To paraphrase Joe Goebbels, the progressive left believes that if they create a Narrative and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  But The Narrative can be maintained only for such time as the Media-Government complex can shield the people from its political and economic consequences. It thus becomes vitally important for the Media-Government complex to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of The Narrative, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the  Media-Government complex.

This last is why the Media-Government complex is so quick to attack those who dissent from the narrative as “Deniers.”

Police in Wisconsin Ask Citizens to Volunteer to Have Their Homes Searched for Guns

Posted by V the K at 12:41 pm - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Gun Control

Because guns are like Ebola, or something.

Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they’re asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.

“Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers,” he said.

Jacobs said he hopes some searches will result in the discovery of guns they didn’t know were in their own homes.

That’s right, you have to let the Government inspect your house because you’re too stupid to know that you have guns in it.

As part of the community, to stop the violence effort, the Beloit Police Department is offering the opportunity of a home visit by a Beloit Police Officer to legally inspect your house for weapons you may not even know are there. If you are interested in this program, simply call to request a visit by a Beloit Police Officer. An officer will respond to your house when available, verify you are authorized to give consent and ask you to sign a form. Then, the officer will go through the areas, you designate, with you to look for weapons.

As part of a gun control bill, Democrats in the State of Washington tried to make such inspections mandatory.

Proving My Point

Posted by V the K at 12:14 pm - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Democratic demagoguery

As I have said, the value proposition of the Democrat party is, “We will take money from people you don’t like and spend it on you.”

It’s pretty hard to deny the accuracy of this assessment when you see the fliers handed out by supporters of Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu prior to her crushing defeat on Saturday.

32758-by a concerned citizen

National Rape Allegation Epidemic Reaches UC-Berkeley

Posted by V the K at 11:59 am - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Academia

UC-Berkeley, the newest Rape Zone.

In most of the cases the charges were not made by victims or witnesses, but rather by third parties long after the fact. These third-party accusations were made either anonymously or by “Campus Security Authorities,” which includes campus political activist groups. In many of the cases, the actual “victims” themselves have not come forward and may not even consider themselves to have been raped.

And even more suspiciously, almost none of the supposed crimes were reported directly to Berkeley’s municipal police force, whose jurisdiction covers campus as well, but instead only to the university police, who are required by recent regulations to log and publicize each accusation.

In not a single case have any of the charges been substantiated, nor have any suspects been indentified or arrested (aside from the one case noted above where the charge was subsequently dropped).

It is unknown at this time how many, if any, of these rapes were telepathic in nature.

MFM Defends the Conservative Record of … Jeb Bush?

Posted by V the K at 8:40 am - December 8, 2014.
Filed under: Jeb Bush,Post 9-11 America

Conservative Radio host Mark Levin … who has an audience size that is the envy of every working network journalist … described Republican Jeb Bush (who may run for president in 2016) as a “good moderate Democrat.” This did not sit well with with the Mainstream Media, some members of which felt obliged to testify on behalf of Mr. Bush’s conservative bona fides.

Jeb Bush. Not conservative enough. Try as I might, it remains impossible to see these two concepts as even remotely related. John Ellis Bush, the second son of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush, who during his first run for Florida governor in 1994 cheerfully called himself a head-banging conservative, a hang-’em-by-the-neck conservative … who during his second run for Florida governor in 1998 had to craft for himself a more compassionate persona so as not to scare off independent voters … that Jeb Bush has come to be viewed with suspicion by the uber-conservative, Tea Party wing of his Republican Party?

One can conclude from this that… um… the MFM really, really want Jeb Bush to be the Republican nominee against the Hillary in 2016. Because, obviously, they think he will present interesting and thoughtful ideas and provide Americans with a viable alternative to Mrs. Cinton and they will treat him with complete fairness and respect.

And if you believe that, let me tell you about my sister-in-law who made enough to buy a Ferrari working on the internet…

Anyway, I don’t deny that Jeb Bush is more conservative than Hillary or Obama. But he is a Bush, and after three Bush terms, we know how they govern, and we know that… philosophically, at their core, they believe that Government Knows Best and, in that very significant way they are of one mind with the Obamas, the Clintons, the Kennedies, and all the other statists.

The Book of Matt – and how myth is made (and unmade)

When President Obama signed a federal “hate crimes” law in 2009, many people at the time were calling it The Matthew Shepard Act. There was just one problem: The murder of Matthew Shepard, while horrible and grotesque, wasn’t a hate crime (i.e., crime of bias). It had nothing to do with anti-gay bias until after the fact, when it suited many persons’ interests to make it seem like it did.

Matthew Shepard was a methamphetamine addict – and possibly a small-time meth dealer/courier – who was well-acquainted with his chief killer, Aaron McKinney. “Well-acquainted” meaning that McKinney and Shepard had done meth together more than once, had conducted business as small-time meth dealers/couriers, and yes, had occasionally even had sex with each other.

It’s probable that Shepard didn’t know the other convicted killer: McKinney’s then-recent acquaintance, Russell Henderson. But there’s evidence that Henderson wasn’t homophobic and, on the night of the killing, may have even taken a knock from McKinney as Henderson spoke up for Shepard (against McKinney’s raging, meth-fueled violence). Which, if true, would make Henderson’s *murder* conviction unjust. (He would still deserve a lesser conviction as an accessory.)

Shepard’s killing was most likely a criminal-style ‘debt collection’ by McKinney that went wrong because McKinney was a troubled and cruel person coming off of a multi-day meth binge. So, who fabricated the myth of a hate crime perpetrated on Shepard by two homophobic total strangers, and why? It was a combination of personal and political interests.

  • McKinney’s higher-up meth connections wanted to remain hidden, and they would be able to kill McKinney (even in prison) if he squealed on them. Which meant: McKinney would desperately need to avoid naming them. Which meant: McKinney needed to hide his own meth dealings, and therefore, the true nature of his relationship with Shepard.
  • As a short, little guy (135 lb) headed for prison in the late 1990s, McKinney also needed to hide his own bisexuality. Which, again, meant: hiding the nature of his relationship with Shepard.
  • McKinney, his girlfriend and his lawyers all thought (at the time) that a “gay panic” defense, however unfaithful to reality, would be McKinney’s best shot at acquittal (or reduced charges).
  • Certain friends of Shepard may have also wanted to distract people from their, and Shepard’s, meth use and dealings.
  • Gay activist groups – ranging from GLAAD and HRC to what is now the Matthew Shepard Foundation – obviously gained benefits, both political and financial, from the myth.
  • The media gained a big “story”.
  • Once the public/media frenzy started over the (perceived) Shepard hate crime, Bill Clinton got involved in it – at least partly to try to blunt the impact of his Monica Lewinsky scandal. Shepard was attacked on 10/6/1998 and died on 10/12/1998 – roughly around the time Kenneth Starr released his reports and the House of Representatives opened its impeachment inquiry on Clinton.

All this, and more, is cited or documented in The Book of Matt, by Stephen Jiminez. It was published in 2013 and V the K posted on it. I had the book and recently, after talking with liberal friends who were still unaware of the revelations about Shepard, I finally read it.

Despite the horror of its subject, the book is a powerful work of investigative journalism. No such book can get everything right. But this one is readable, gripping, and honest about Jiminez’ own fears and doubts as he slowly comes to understand the falseness of the Shepard “hate crime” myth. The book weaves together a wealth of recollections and coherent detail from dozens of sources who knew Shepard or his dealings, including two of Shepard’s more important boyfriends. The book evaluates the credibility of its sources and, where that may be lacking, provides multiple sources for key claims. (more…)

Oh, my…..

Posted by V the K at 6:09 pm - December 7, 2014.
Filed under: Identity Politics,Pop Culture

This would definitely put a crimp in the yiffing: Chlorine gas sickens 19 at furries convention

Chlorine gas sickened several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of guests from a suburban Chicago hotel early Sunday, including many dressed in cartoonish animal costumes for an annual furries convention who were ushered across the street to a convention center hosting a dog show.

Hey, Wanna Buy an eBook?

Posted by V the K at 8:48 am - December 7, 2014.
Filed under: Writing

Last month, I published my 10th science fiction novel in eBook form, which can be purchased here. (The blog-runners have kind permitted me to promote myself.) As it is the tenth book in a series, it may also make more sense to start at the beginning.  I also have a (somewhat outdated) website that explains the concept and the background. My style might best be described as being like if The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy had been written by Robert Heinlein.

I greatly enjoy writing science fiction, although it is not nearly as lucrative as my day job. It pays for a nice dinner out every month, but that’s about it. Still, the psychic gratification that comes with those little royalty checks is a nice thing.

A Constructive Response to Tragedy

Posted by V the K at 8:39 am - December 7, 2014.
Filed under: Real Reform

It didn’t make national news when Michael Bell’s 21-Year-Old son was shot dead by police outside his home in Kenosha WI. It didn’t make the news when the Police investigating the death cleared themselves of any wrongdoing. And instead of burning down his neighborhood, or blocking traffic to prevent innocent people from getting to their homes or jobs, Michael Bell devoted himself to reforming the system; and in particular, the aspect of the system that allowed cops to investigate and clear themselves of wrongdoing.

From the beginning I allowed the investigation to proceed and didn’t know it was a sham until many of the facts were discovered. But before long I realized a cover-up was under way. I hadn’t understood at first how closely related the DA and the police were—during his election campaign for judge, the DA had been endorsed in writing by every police agency in the county. Now he was investigating them. It was a clear conflict of interest.

In 129 years since police and fire commissions were created in the state of Wisconsin, we could not find a single ruling by a police department, an inquest or a police commission that a shooting was unjustified.

In April of this year we passed a law that made Wisconsin the first state in the nation to mandate at legislative level that police-related deaths be reviewed by an outside agency. Ten days after it went into effect in May, local police shot a man sleeping on a park bench 15 times. It’s one of the first incidents to be investigated under the new law.

Notably, some law enforcement official opposed the reforms, saying that having one more level of oversight would be too much hassle. They were successful in watering down the bill from its first version, which had a lot more teeth. Nevertheless, the new rules do add some much needed accountability to police actions, and demonstrate that while those who throw tantrums may get all the attention, those who work hard quietly but persistently often achieve better results.

Ann Coulter: Do Not Stand Between a Liberal and His Taxes

Posted by V the K at 3:53 pm - December 5, 2014.
Filed under: Ann Coulter

Personally, I think Ann Coulter is kind of a harpie, but… when she’s right, she’s right and I could not agree with her more, Killing Eric Garner for selling untaxed cigarettes is pure, murderous liberal fascism.

This is nonsense that this had anything to do with race. This is a tax case. It was Bloomberg that insists on, We’re going to deploy the police to collect taxes because they need to pay the pensions of their public sector union buddies. Bloomberg starts arresting all these people.

And notice which case did the left, did MSNBC, did The New York Times obsess with? Everyone who has seen that tape of Eric Garner says, Oh, my gosh, they have five cops for untaxed cigarettes? But that’s not the case The New York Times is interested in! That’s not the case that — that MSNBC’s interested in!

No, it’s a guy why was in Ferguson who’s trying to kill a cop! I mean, the Garner case is almost everything the left falsely said about Mike Brown. He really does seem to be a gentle giant. Oh, he had 31 arrests. Yes, they’re all for selling untaxed cigarettes! Notice that the left wing — you will never see fascism like a liberal trying to collect taxes!
I’ll give you another example. The EZ Pass records — isn’t that something everyone, both on the left and the right said, OK, we’d like EZ Pass, but we don’t want the cops using that. The ACLU will go to court to prevent EZ Pass records from being used in a rape case, in a murder case! But you know what EZ Pass records are used for all the time? To collect taxes, to prove you were in New York more than you said you were in New York!

Read more, or watch the video. (Later on, she gets shrill and swerves into being Pro War on Drugs, and I definitely don’t agree with her on.)

Progessive Leftists with Bad Memories

Posted by V the K at 1:39 pm - December 5, 2014.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy

The New York Times Timothy Egan was apparently in a coma from 2001-2008.

From the day he took office, [Obama has] been personally insulted, lectured, yelled at and disrespected in public, by public figures, in a way that few if any American presidents have ever faced.

Also… racism.

For those who can’t even see the humanity in the man because of his race, try to respect the title that comes before his name. It’s there forevermore.

Ah, so we’re so supposed to respect the president… to preserve the dignity of the office. This from a guy who described George W Bush as “at home in his bathtub, painting pictures of his toenails…”

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!