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Rolling Stone Managing Editor to Leave Magazine Next Week

rolling stone logoRolling Stone managing editor Will Dana is set to leave the magazine next week, according to a report tonight by The New York Times.

Dana said in a statement, “After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it is time to move on. It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would. I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of 1978 when I bought my first issue.”

Publisher Jann Wenner praised Dana, but didn’t say, in a comment through a spokesperson, whether it had anything to do with the elephant in the room.

Yes, this is happening on the heels of Rolling Stone‘s massive screw-up on the UVA rape report. When they retracted the report, Dana said there were discrepancies and their trust in their primary source was misplaced.

He later said that they made a serious error in judgment and said “the failure is on us,” and in the Columbia Journalism Review‘s damning report on their screw-up, Dana said, “We are also committing ourselves to a series of recommendations about journalistic practices that are spelled out in the report.”

And today, Phi Kappa Psi frat members filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone today for defamation.

[image via Rolling Stone]

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