April 06, 2015

Rolling Stone fiasco shows "rape culture" is "based on a contrived and distorted narrative, not reality"

Marissa SemkiwArchive

What a damning report released by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism this weekend on the now infamous "Jackie" story published in Rolling Stone magazine last November.

Recall the author of the piece made a number of intense and sensationalistic rape claims about a campus fraternity house.

Specifically, the story centered on single account by a University of Virginia student, who alleged she was gang raped by seven members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, while two others allegedly watched and encouraged the attack.

A police investigation originally cleared the frat of any involvement in this alleged gang rape, but now a new report by Columbia University goes one step further in laying the blame square at the feet of writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone

Not only does this report reveal the decline of journalistic standards in our mainstream media, but it should also make us question the very premise of the original thesis: that campus rape is epidemic.

Tell us what you think in the comments:

Did the apologies by Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone go far enough?


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commented 2015-04-07 15:30:56 -0400
The so called campus rape culture will go down in history as an obscure paranoia and witch hunt like the Satanic Ritual Abuse fiasco of the 1980’s .
commented 2015-04-07 08:36:59 -0400
Good points Joan and Nicole. To paraphrase my comment on an earlier thread: if rape is to remain a crime that must be taken (and prosecuted) seriously, then those who file false charges must face the full extent of the law. If charges that “they raped me” come to mean the same as “I don’t like them” for some, then those who have truly been the victims of violent, unsought, criminal assault will be grouped with the liars against whom no crime was committed. The true victims will not be able to get justice. Revenge may be sought instead, but that is a separate matter and will rarely lead to justice in the long term.

The alternative is that the term “rapist” will become debased and lose its meaning, much as “racist” or “redneck” has.
commented 2015-04-07 07:40:04 -0400
The Rolling Stone fiasco shows us just how dissolute the MSM journo pool has gotten – can you say politically correct whores?
commented 2015-04-07 00:47:21 -0400
Good point Joan I’m so cynical about the msm I wouldn’t duck if they reported a impending shit storm
commented 2015-04-06 23:04:19 -0400
This is a disturbing story on many levels not least of which is that it distracts from and casts suspicion on what, unlike university rape culture, is a real growing problem in our society. That is, a culture of misogyny imported with Islamist immigrants.

Islamist culture devalues women while our police, so well trained in cultural relativism, turn a blind eye to fathers and brothers who beat, sexually assault, sell and murder their own sisters, mothers and wives and who target underage girls for sexual exploitation.

So much easier for the press than to expose this growing social problem is to blame the frat boys who they know won’t kill them, even for telling complete lies about them.
commented 2015-04-06 22:44:01 -0400
Marissa Semkiw is really finding her voice. Each contribution gets tighter. I hope she keeps that passion. Good things are going to happen to her.
commented 2015-04-06 21:34:19 -0400
The apology given by the knuckle-wrapped journalist Erdely, was not an apology, rather it was an acknowledgement that she did not do a thorough job. She, and Rolling Stone are being careful in avoiding a defamation lawsuit, but based upon what has come out, they are pretty safe. Three things must be proven in order to win such a lawsuit: 1) the words refer to identifiable individuals or places—they did; 2) the words were published—they were; and 3) the words have lowered the alleged perpetrator’s reputation in the eyes of a reasonable person—debatable, particularly if there is a rampant “rape culture”, which essentially means rape is EVERYWHERE in higher education settings, so the university will unlikely be affected by the story. The clincher, as far as media go, is that inaccurate reporting (in cases of newsworthy events or breaking news) can be overlooked, as long as it does so “without actual malice.” So if Erdely and her editors’ failure to report accurate information has tarnished people’s or places’ reputation or their good standing, Rolling Stone is safe in saying “we might have been wrong in that maybe Erdely could have snooped more deeply and accurately, but… oh well. There’s always the next story.” That’s it, that’s all. The job would be to prove that there had been actual malice, such as: Rolling Stone’s editors knew full well that regardless of the truth behind the story, regardless of who it hurt, such a story would enhance their reputation, readership, and thus attract more advertisers. Ipso facto, a win for Rolling Stone and Erdely, either way.
commented 2015-04-06 21:09:03 -0400
“But more disgusting, was the CBC swallowed it hook line and sinker.”

Oh, I tend to think that the CBC knew it was manufactured, but proceeded anyway. It is just a “feeling”.
commented 2015-04-06 20:55:31 -0400
I hope Rolling Stone and that “journalist”, get sued to smithereens. Character assassination at its worst. As the mother of sons, this bogus rape culture stuff infuriates me. (and what was the movie everyone was making a fuss about this spring, oh ya, 50 shades of grey or something?)
Had those frat kids been guilty, I would have thrown away the key.
Now they have to sue. They have to protect their names, and futures.
commented 2015-04-06 20:45:43 -0400
Obviously both Rolling Stone AND Sabrina Rubin Erdely should both be facing criminal charges for malicious slander, not just a civil lawsuit… and then just Rolling Stone Magazine. Also, there is no way Sabrina Rubin Erdely should still have a job writing. But then all you have to is look to CBC, CTV and Global to see that today’s reporters would never let truth, facts, or injury to libeled parties get in the way of a good left wing story.
commented 2015-04-06 20:23:40 -0400
Reminds me of Stevie Cameron’s book “On The Take”, supposedly an academic investigative work of journalism, on Brian Mulroney. After the inquiry into BM, it turns out one brown envelope underwent the miracle of five loaves and two fishes. In her book it turned into “Many”. But more disgusting, was the CBC swallowed it hook line and sinker. They produced their “documentary” on Brian M without checking her sources. I understand Stevie is still teaching at a university! I’m no fan of Brian, but I hate to see a man accused on “manufactured” evidence.
commented 2015-04-06 20:16:25 -0400
“Rolling Stone started to fade in the 1980s and now is just a fringe piece of shit. "

Maybe that is the reason for the whole thing … the get the Rolling Stone magazine back in the limelight, even if it is negative. Just a thought.
commented 2015-04-06 19:38:52 -0400
Rolling Stone started to fade in the 1980s and now is just a fringe piece of shit. Who cares what they report.
commented 2015-04-06 19:20:56 -0400
In cultural Marxism the end justifies the means, even if the end is not justified in the first place. Facts are either ignored, distorted or outright made up in order to make their case without regard to those people, corporations or organization that are severely impacted by these cultural falsehoods and when they are caught up in the deceptions their response is ‘what does it mater now’. The victums of their action don’t receive reparations or even an apology for the injustice that has been done to them.
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