Sunday, December 7, 2014

'Rolling Stone' Admits Its Story Falling Apart

As I predicted early on, the the big UVA piece.  Now Stone editor admits new info shows it had too much faith in its (single) source, the alleged victim, Jackie.  Even Jackie friend backing off.  Sad but many saw it coming.  New Wash Post piece with new findings.  UVA about to make statement. And Jackie now blaming...the writer.
Jackie said early in the week that she felt manipulated by Erdely, the Rolling Stone reporter, saying that she “felt completely out of control over my own story.” In an in-person interview Thursday, Jackie said that Rolling Stone account of her attack was truthful but also acknowledged that some details in the article might not be accurate.

UPDATE #1:  The magazine has not "retracted" the story some have claimed.  It is still posted at their site, with ed note above it.  Sunday update:  They have now expanded the ed note "apology" to take onus off "Jackie." They also cite new key witness who spoke to Wash Post but but not the magazine.  Amazingly, Post also quotes another friend of the victim who downplays the episode, and ways Jackie overly-dramatized it--she was not violently gang-raped but merely was "forced" to have oral sex with a group of men.  Merely!  "Jackie told one of the friends there that a group of men had forced her to perform oral sex."

UPDATE #2   Jezebel writer now admits she was "dead fucking wrong" in attacking the two early critics of Rolling Stone article.  "It means, of course, that when I dismissed Richard Bradley and Robby Soave's doubts about the story and called them "idiots" for picking apart Jackie's account, I was dead fucking wrong, and for that I sincerely apologize. It means that my conviction that Sabrina Rubin Erdely had fact-checked her story in ways that were not visible to the public was also wrong. It's bad, bad, bad all around."

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