November 19, 2017

The Trial Over The Fake UVA Rape Story Shows How Low Journalism’s Sunk

Here’s a sign of the times for you.

Remember the Rolling Stone story about the gang rape of ‘Jackie’ at the University of Virginia with its graphic depiction of a horrific assault by white frat boys?

When the story erupted, with it’s bathetic portrayal of ‘victim’ Jackie Coakley, the brutal frat boy rapists and a cold, uncaring college bureaucracy, it went viral and the usual suspects just ate it up. There were plenty of media figures who paid their rent with hysterical commentary echoing the central plot of writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s little semi-porn fiction- that white frat boys were de facto misogynists, rapists and ogres reeking of male privilege, who had be stopped hard if tender coeds like Jackie were to be safe walking to their gender studies classes.

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One who swallowed this swill whole without any direct evidence other than Rolling Stone’s story was male Bashing Leftist cadre and U of VA President Teresa Sullivan.

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She closed down every fraternity and sorority on the campus. And as the Leftist megaphone trumpeted it across America, innocent male students were publicly shamed and maligned, and fraternity houses, including the one where the rape supposedly took place were vandalized, all while Ms. Sullivan and her counterparts at universities across the country preened and posed for the press.

And then the bubble burst.The sort of details even a novice reporter would have known to check out before running a story like this suddenly came to light as being blatantly false. There was no party at the Phi Kappa Psi house the night Jackie claimed the incident took place, the picture of her alleged ‘date’ who took her there turned out to be an old high school boyfriend going to another school out of state she hadn’t seen in years, no one in the fraternity matched the name or description of her ‘rapists’ and she even had the details of the interior of the frat house wrong. Moreover, as the story continued to unravel, Jackie Coakley was revealed as an attention seeker who had played this game before. Finally, Rolling Stone was forced to retract the story long after everyone knew it was bogus.

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Jan Wenner, Rolling Stone’s publisher put out a glib apology, but apparently that didn’t do it for a number of people had been defamed and maligned by this hoax. One of them was former UVA dean Nicole Eramo, who was responsible for managing sexual violence cases at the time the article was published.

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