So the University of Virginia Phi Kappa Psi fraternity chapter is suing Rolling Stone to the tune of $25 million dollars, thanks to that retracted story that accused the fraternity of a gang rape and cover-up. Not unexpected, that. And certainly not unreasonable.
Speaking of “not unexpected,” check out this snapshot of reactions from Memeorandum:
Quick: which one of those three is a Gawker property? Yup! Jezebel. Although the usual reek of decay and curdled resentment probably gave it away, there.
My sympathies are wholly with Ms. Eramo here.
A University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Tuesday, alleging that the magazine portrayed her as callous and indifferent to allegations of sexual assault on campus and made her the university’s “chief villain” in a now-debunked story about a fraternity gang rape.
Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner Media and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville, Va.
Continue reading Libeled UVA Dean of Students wants to sue Rolling Stone into oblivion.
This was not smart.
Not really my problem, though.
Please note: I am not actually shocked. You can click through, if you like – the AP gets incredibly whiny if you quote more than five characters’ worth of their stuff – but the gist is that the University of Virginia will continue to study the situation* while keeping the suspensions standing. To be marginally fair about this, the suspensions were set to expire for the new school year anyway; presumably campus officials don’t want to spend their Christmas holidays listening to the 2014 Left’s answer to the anti-Satanic Ritual Abuse Crusade. Continue reading I am shocked to hear that the University of Virginia is keeping Greek suspension.
There is a technical term for the bolded part of this excerpt from The New Republic‘s otherwise laudable (no, really) look at the suddenly-problematical Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia*:
“If I had to guess what happened at UVA—and at this point, we can only guess (which is why we should not be passing judgment),” Wendy Kaminer, a civil libertarian and feminist who has written extensively on both rape and free speech on campus, emailed me, “I’d guess that the story is neither entirely fabricated nor entirely true, and, in any case, compels a real investigation by investigators with no stake in their findings.”
Continue reading Questions arise on Rolling Stone alleged gang rape at UVA story.
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It is a measure to how far Rolling Stone has sank as a thought-leader that I didn’t even bother to read its “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should be Fighting For.” Still haven’t: why, that’s what Reason.com is for. Them, their opinions I care about.
…Yeah, this is phoning it in. I’m going to take more Robitussin and call it a night.
…to get away with this kind of language:
‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullsh[*]tter, I can tell.”’”
But don’t feel bad: Rolling Stone isn’t really cool enough to get away with this kind of language any more, either. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be outraged. It’s just that you and it are both aging pop-culture media entities that crested a while back and are now kind of… chugging along. I don’t really have what you’d call expectations from either of you, at this point.
Yes, the title is a stretch.
So I saw this:
…the link being to this Reason article highlighting a Rolling Stone article where the interviewer tried to get Bob Dylan to give his blessing to Barack Obama. Bob Dylan chose… not to, largely because I get the impression that Bob Dylan doesn’t actually like politics very much. Or possibly he has political views that don’t mesh with his typical audience’s, and so Bob Dylan just, as the phrase was once put, shuts up and sings. Continue reading #rsrh Bob Dylan, disliked by Rolling Stone?
I DONT CARE WHAT THE H8RS AT ROLLING STONE THINK IT SHOULDNT BE IN THE TOP TEN LISTEN TO IT JUST LISTEN TO IT
Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
DAMN YOU ALL THE VIDEO HAS MORRIS DANCERS
(Via Hot Air)
PS: “We Built This City,” on the other hand, really was pretty freaking craptastic, and the video was worse.