Rolling Stone Says It No Longer Trusts Woman in Gang Rape Account

Wow. I guess those old inconvenient principles of “evidence,” “due process,” and “innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt,” are still the best policies.

I’m a long time fan of Rolling Stone but when reporting you don’t “trust” people, you always verify and think critically!


The magazine that published a detailed account of a gang rape at the University of Virginia said Friday that it no longer considers the woman behind the story to be a reliable source.

Rolling Stone‘s vivid depiction of a gang rape suffered by a woman it called “Jackie” at a fraternity house drew national headlines and renewed conversations about sexual assault on college campuses. The magazine apologized to readers about the story Friday.

“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,” managing editor Will Dana wrote in a note to readers.

MORE: No police investigation yet in UVA rape case

The story has come under growing scrutiny after its author acknowledged not contacting the men accused of wrongdoing.

“We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame…

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