UPDATE: Rolling Stone’s ‘Jackie’ Must Testify in Defamation Deposition
The New York Times reports that a Virginia judge has ruled that “Jackie,” the center of Rolling Stone’s debunked gang-rape story at the University of Virginia, must give a deposition in a defamation suit brought against the magazine.
If Stupidity Were a Crime, Sean Penn Would Be the Fugitive
If there was any crime committed in the making of Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone interview with Mexican druglord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — and rest assured, federal authorities are inquiring — it’s the murder by slow, …
Why Aren’t Heads Rolling at Rolling Stone?
Rolling Stone screwed up.
In most media scandals, it’s unfair to paint with such a broad brush. When Stephen Glass concocted his fables at The New Republic, he went to antiheroic lengths to conceal his deceptions from his colleagues. …
Campus Rape and the ‘Emergency’: It’s Always an Excuse for Authoritarianism
‘Congratulations, Mr. President — you are now the leader of the world’s second-largest democracy.” Those probably apocryphal words are said to have been spoken to President Truman on the occasion of India’s winning its independence in 1947. Another version has …
Fighting Against ‘Rape Culture’ Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
The extensive post mortem that Rolling Stone commissioned in the wake of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s now infamous “Rape on Campus” disaster rests upon — and confirms — two salient facts. The first: that Erdely did not receive her story …
The Violent Threat Near UVA that Rolling Stone Downplayed
There is one more bitter, tragic irony to Rolling Stone’s erroneous coverage of allegations of gang rape at the University of Virginia. Evidence is mounting that young women on the campus indeed faced a violent threat for a long …
Rolling Stone Has Not Retracted Its UVA Rape Story
Although Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana yesterday published a “Note to Our Readers” regarding the magazine’s University of Virginia rape story, the note in no way says what Rolling Stone’s current designation of the story is.
“We are taking …
Rolling Stone, Begging the World to Pay Attention Again
Also from today’s Morning Jolt:
Like a Crazy Ex, Rolling Stone Desperately Hoping You’ll Pay Attention to Them Again
Look, we get it. It’s tough to run a print magazine, particularly if a magazine thinks of itself as a journal …
Rolling Stone’s Jackie Asks to Be Excused from Deposition — Fears Being ‘Re-Traumatized’
Jackie, the center of Rolling Stone’s discredited fraternity gang-rape story at the University of Virginia, wants to be excused from an under-oath deposition. The Washington Post reports that her attorneys say, “Forcing [Jackie] to revisit her sexual assault, and …
Time for Accountability: UVA Frat Files $25 Million Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone
This is good news:
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity chapter at the University of Virginia filed a $25 million lawsuit Monday against Rolling Stone magazine, which published an article in 2014 that alleged a freshman was gang raped at the house during …
Columbia Journalism Review Blows a Teachable Moment
Columbia Journalism Review has just published a long article about the Rolling Stone story that purported to expose the “rape culture” that exists on college campuses. Sadly, it is mostly off-target, argues Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson in “It …
Why Rolling Stone Is Just Part of a Bigger Media Problem
‘Last July 8, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a writer for Rolling Stone, telephoned Emily Renda, a rape survivor working on sexual-assault issues as a staff member at the University of Virginia.” So opens the Columbia Journalism School’s review of Rolling Stone’…
Will Rolling Stone Be Sued into the Ground? Maybe Not
After Rolling Stone and the Columbia Journalism School released a report retracting the former’s story alleging that members of a UVA fraternity gang-raped a female student, the fraternity named in the story is pursuing legal action against the magazine. But …
We’re Now in ‘The Guy Is Toast’ Territory for Rolling Stone
Quite a few folks enjoyed this section of the Morning Jolt today:
The Rolling Stone University of Virginia Story Explodes
Gentlemen, start your lawyers.
In their first interviews about the events of that September 2012 night, the three friends …
Zerlina Maxwell Will Believe Anything
Zerlina Maxwell — a lawyer last seen making the fully commonsense case that if John Cusack is outside your home with the sleeves of his eighties coat rolled up and holding a loud boombox over his head, he is to …