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Tue Oct 4, 2016, 10:42 AM

Rolling Stone Goes to Trial

This story makes me smile. Both Rolling Stone and the U VA Administration have egg on their respective faces.

http://www.mindingthecampus.org/

"A lawsuit stemming from the most famous of the modern rape hoaxes—the Rolling Stone account of a brutal but fictional attack on “Jackie” at a University of Virginia fraternity—gained ground last week. A federal judge in Virginia ruled that UVA administrator Nicole Eramo’s lawsuit against Rolling Stone should go to trial.

The lawsuit has been of enormous value in producing documents that exposed both the closed-minded incompetence of Rolling Stone and the poisonous, guilt-presuming campus atmosphere at UVA. However, unlike the lawsuit filed by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s chief target), an Eramo victory would send, at best, a mixed message.

Judge Glen Conrad’s ruling allowed Eramo’s suit to proceed on multiple grounds. The dean’s strongest claim involves Rolling Stone’s manipulation of a mundane photo of her, to give her wild, almost devil-like eyes, with her back turned to victims demanding justice. Even the Rolling Stone fact-checker, who independently concluded that the fantasist “Jackie” was telling the truth, worried that the photo was too harsh.

Conrad also greenlighted a count involving Erdely’s claim that Eramo had discouraged Jackie from reporting her non-existent attack because she worried that UVA would develop a reputation as a “rape school.” It seems very unlikely Eramo—who comes across in the depositions as a true believer about a campus rape panic—ever uttered such a remark. But Erdely had two sources suggesting otherwise (Jackie and a fellow campus activist), and UVA refused a request to let Eramo be interviewed. Perhaps that will be enough for Rolling Stone to prevail."

Balance of article at the link.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2016, 11:15 AM

1. "closed-minded incompetence of Rolling Stone"

This has been shown time and time again, yet some people still think they're some kind of authority and truth tellers.

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Response to Qukid (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 4, 2016, 11:25 AM

2. When one adopts the mindset

of "Story first, facts later", these kinds of things happen. Hope there's a nice 7 figure settlement.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2016, 12:34 PM

3. I hope Rolling Stone becomes the next Gawker.

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Response to Muddling Through (Original post)

Tue Oct 4, 2016, 12:47 PM

4. The sad part is that many feminists were just praying that the story was true.

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Response to Carlos W Bush (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 4, 2016, 08:29 PM

5. Pretty much the same feminists who were hoping Cologne wasn't true.

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Response to Carlos W Bush (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 09:17 AM

6. Yep.

Rolling Stone went in with the mindset that "rape culture" was an established phenomenon and built a story that supported that belief regardless of the facts available.

Sad, really.

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