Rolling Stone Claims Fault in Discredited UVA Rape Story Was Sensitivity to Alleged Victim

In the blow-up that has followed the Rolling Stone story about “Jackie,” a student at UVA who claimed she had been gang-raped, Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana allowed that the mistake resulted from “individual failure” and “procedural failure, an institutional failure… Every single person at every level of this thing had opportunities to pull the strings a little harder, to question things a little more deeply, and that was not done.”

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Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Erdely Had Ample Opportunity to Get It Right and Blew It

As the reports on Rolling Stone’s journalistic fiasco make clear, author Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone’s editors failed to do the right—and professionally appropriate thing—time after time. Had they done anything akin to due diligence, the now-retracted mess of a story would never have seen the light of day, let alone have been enshrined in print.