Rolling Stone: Oops, our trust in sensational UVA rape story was ‘misplaced’

Rolling Stone: Oops, our trust in sensational UVA rape story was ‘misplaced’

[Ed. – So the fraternity guys who may have been vilely slandered by this story are — what? Chopped liver?]

Rolling Stone magazine said Friday that it found discrepancies in its controversial story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia and had lost faith in the piece, a shocking retreat coming merely days after author Sabrina Rubin Erdely defended the reporting.

“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,” Will Dana, the magazine’s managing editor, wrote on its website.

“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,” the post said. “We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.” …

Soon after the 9,000-word story ran, media critics began to question [author] Erdely’s reportorial methods. According to Rolling Stone, she spent months talking to Jackie, her friends and university officials. But Erdely never spoke to the accused, “Drew” and other men at Phi Kappa Psi. …

Erdely’s story said Drew was a lifeguard at the time of the attack in the fall of 2012. But the fraternity said it couldn’t find a record of a member who worked at the aquatic center in 2012. “As far as we have determined, no member of our fraternity worked there in any capacity during this time period,” its statement said.

Jackie claimed that she was raped by the men at a party at the fraternity house that took place four weeks into the school year. But the chapter said it didn’t have a social event or a date function during the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012.

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