Days of Change

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Sympathy | April 6, 2015

Months ago, Rolling Stone published a story about campus rape at UVA that was outrageous, horrible and completely unverifiable. The conservative media was the first to question the story, with the dinosaur media following. Rolling Stone stuck to their guns, but conceded to errors over the weeks that followed. A criminal investigation even found nothing, even though UVA was forced to take measures for the appearance of impropriety.

Rolling Stone had to retract the whole thing, but they wanted a way to make it seem scholarly. They had the Columbia School of Journalism, the factory that produces hack reporters, investigate their methodology. That report and its obvious conclusions, is what prompted them to pull the story from their website and fire… absolutely no one.

What Rolling Stone did was manufacture the appearance of journalistic integrity after the fact. They needed the claim that the conservative media did not force their action. They act like they saw errors in the story and decided to have it audited privately. That way, they could keep all the same people who faked the story and failed to check it, using a bad process as an excuse.

What’s worse, is that they fooled some people.


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  1. What’s worse, is that they fooled some people.

    And tarnished the UVA name, and pointed fingers o innuendo, and…just plain lied.

    Comment by Mary — April 6, 2015 @ 11:21 pm

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