Why Rolling Stone's UVA Story Might Distract From The Issue
Some journalists have accused the Rolling Stone writer of shoddy reporting, and the controversy is pulling focus away from campus sexual assaults.By Christian Bryant | December 3, 2014
Rolling Stone's November article about an alleged rape on the University of Virginia campus told the emotional story of a young woman being tricked, viciously assaulted and then swept under the rug by the administration.
But journalists digging into the story are starting to ask some questions, saying the reporting might not have been up to par — or worse, the story could be a hoax.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely's story about an alleged 2012 on-campus gang rape details the sexual assault of a young woman named Jackie. It reads in part, "She remembers the men's heft and their sour reek of alcohol mixed with the pungency of marijuana. Most of all, Jackie remembers the pain and the pounding that went on and on."