Not everybody is happy with the news that Rolling Stone is no longer standing behind their source in their recent article accusing members of a University of Virginia fraternity of gang rape. Here’s columnist Jessica Valenti, for example:
Tell us how you really feel.
Compare Valenti’s reaction to that of Anna Merlan of Jezebel where Merlan flat out states she was “dead f***ing wrong”:
This is really, really bad. 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. (And, frankly, it could have been avoided, had Erdely been clearer in her disclosures about what she’d done to reach Jackie’s alleged attackers and what her agreement with the girl had been. This announcement wouldn’t be producing nearly the same shockwaves if those things had been clearly outlined.)
Lots of f***s in feminist journalism today.