Brendan O'Neill on the Real Problem With Rolling Stone's Campus Rape Fiasco


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It's great that those who value truth and reason finally won out over Rolling Stone, publisher of 2014's most egregious example of dime store fantasy journalism. But as Brendan O'Neill observes, while the Rolling Stone story might be dead, slain by an army of genuinely inquisitive observers, the hysteria that made that fact-lite mess of a feature possible in the first place survives. It staggers on, bloodied but unbowed, Michael Myers-style.

Yes, Rolling Stone is reprimanded, O'Neill writes, but the unhinged panic about a "rape culture" on campus that made that mag so blind to the hollowness of Jackie's story is still getting away with it.