Four months after Rolling Stone magazine published a shocking—and soon discredited—account of a fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville police department has released the results of its investigation into the alleged assault. It comes as no surprise that "no substantive basis" was found for the claim by a student known as "Jackie" that she was raped by seven men at a fraternity party as a UVA freshman in September 2012. What's striking is to what lengths both the police and many in the news media have gone to tiptoe around the obvious fact that the tale was a hoax by a serial liar. This dance of denial, writes Cathy Young, suggests that in the current ideological climate, it is nearly impossible to declare any allegation of rape to be definitely false.
Journalists and pundits who frantically doubled down on their initial bad takes deserve more criticism.
It’s an attempt to bypass Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by insisting it’s not an arrest.
What is the correct reward for the person who creates something that millions of people want badly enough to pay for it?
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
That's a bad thing, even—or especially—from a libertarian perspective.