Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely to Apologize for and Take Down Discredited Rape Article
According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Rolling Stone and journalist Sabrina Erdely will formerly apologize for and remove last fall’s discredited story about a rape on the University of Virginia campus, the result of a months-long investigation by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Per Stelter, Columbia’s report found a “systemic failure” at the magazine, ordinarily known for its rigorous fact checking.
Erderly’s statement tonight will be her first in months; she has not spoken to the press or tweeted since her story was called into question.
The 9,000-word article alleging an horrific gang rape at a U-Va fraternity crumbled under weeks of scrutiny. Re-reporting by the Washington Post and others undercut the article’s central claim, and an investigation by Charlottesville, Virginia PD found no evidence to support the rape story.
Rolling Stone retracted the story, but has received additional criticism for having left the story online. That will change tonight, according to Stelter, as the piece will be replaced by Columbia’s investigatory findings. Also at question is whether any of the magazine’s staff will be disciplined.
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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