Rolling Stone’s Statement on the UVA Gang Rape Discredits the Magazine, Not the Victim’s Account

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There was a collective intake of breath across the internet earlier this afternoon when Rolling Stone published this: a note from managing editor Will Dana about Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s story on a gang rape at a UVA fraternity. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably read the story, and cringed at its horrific details. Earlier in the week, Slate questioned Erdely’s reporting methods, suggesting that she should have made more of an effort to contact the alleged perpetrators. And then… this: “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in [the victim]’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”

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