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One Year After Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Debacle, Fabulists Still Fool the Media

Members of the media were wrong to believe Jackie. They're wrong to believe The Hunting Ground, too.

UVAUVAIt has now been a little more than a year since Rolling Stone published Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s infamous, false story about a horrific gang rape at the University of Virginia. Rolling Stone is being sued by characters who were misrepresented in the story, Erdely has ceased writing, and the source of all the trouble, UVA student “Jackie,” has joined the ranks of Crystal Mangum and Tawana Brawley as a known fabricator of rape accusations.

Jackie’s story is routinely cited as one of the most spectacular failures of journalism in the last decade—it’s a veritable what-not-to-do-guide for reporters covering sensitive subjects, according to the Columbia University School of Journalism.

But if anti-rape activists, politicians, and media figures are aware of the enormity of Jackie’s lies, they show no signs that they have absorbed the right lessons. In fact, the movement to curb sexual assault on college campuses is still beholden to fabulists—fabulists whose lies may be less obvious than Jackie’s, but are equally damaging to the ultimate cause of reducing rape on campus while safeguarding students’ due process rights.

Exactly one year ago today, I penned an article, “Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?” It was my third attempt to grapple with Rolling Stone’s then-recently published expose on a culture of indifference toward rape at UVA; my first two articles had presumed the central accusation—a woman named Jackie had been gang raped by seven members of the Phi Psi fraternity during a fall 2012 party—was true, and focused on ways to reduce campus violence. My third article expressed misgivings about the veracity of Jackie’s claims, citing Worth editor Richard Bradley, another early skeptic. This article was initially criticized for bluntly questioning a self-described survivor of sexual assault, but was almost immediately vindicated as Jackie’s credibility collapsed over the next several days. (I eventually won a 2014 Southern California Journalism Award for my commentary on the subject.)

It’s difficult to overstate the extent to which Rolling Stone’s preferred narrative about campus rape took precedence over the actual facts. Erdely’s expose was intended as an exploration of the kinds of violence and institutional failures college-aged women are forced to deal with incessantly, but the author found a wholly unrepresentative story—Jackie’s—and made it the centerpiece of the article.

Indeed, one of the first details in Jackie’s recounting of her ordeal is the thing that instantly struck me as false: Jackie claimed that she had not been drinking at the time of the attack. According to the version of events she recounted to Erdely, Jackie dumped her drink before letting her date—a lifeguard named Haven Monahan—lure her to an upstairs bedroom at the Phi Psi house, where half a dozen brothers waited to rape her. Most college sexual assault disputes take place against a backdrop of incapacitation-inducing alcohol and/or drug abuse; fully lucid victims are an incredible rarity. Equally astonishing was the notion that Phi Psi’s vicious assault was elaborately premeditated, ritualistic in nature, and involved numerous co-conspirators—young sociopaths who would perpetrate such horrific crimes over and over again, until they were caught.

We now know, of course, that Jackie’s story as depicted in the pages of Rolling Stone is a lie. There was no party on the night in question. Haven Monahan does not exist. Jackie created him out of thin air presumably to trick her friends into thinking she had a boyfriend, and went to elaborate lengths to maintain the deception. As Cathy Young wrote in Reason:

It's not simply that there was no party at Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity named by Jackie, anywhere near the time when she said she was attacked. It's not simply that her account changed from forced oral sex to vaginal rape and from five assailants to seven, or that her friends saw no sign of her injuries after the alleged assault. What clinches the case is the overwhelming proof that "Drew," Jackie's date who supposedly orchestrated her rape, was Jackie's own invention.

Is it possible that someone sexually assaulted Jackie on the night when she claimed to be going out with her fictional suitor? Theoretically, yes. But it's also clear that her credibility is as non-existent as "Haven Monahan."

But the problem is not merely that Jackie lied. By allowing herself to be duped, Erdely gave readers the false impression that Jackie’s rape was emblematic of the situation faced by young women on college campuses. But the vast majority of campus sexual assaults do not involve villains as obvious and psychopathically depraved as Jackie’s rapists.

That’s why it has been so disheartening to see activists and media fully embrace The Hunting Ground, a purported documentary on campus sexual assault that embraces many of the core tenets of Erdely’s erroneous reporting. For one thing, filmmakers significantly distorted the cases of accused rapists Brandon Winston and Jameis Winston, whose alleged victims provide much of the film’s substance. For another, the movie commits to the idea that most campus rapists are, like the monsters in Jackie’s story, serial predators. But the integrity of the science behind the serial predator theory has been fundamentally misrepresented by its most important devotee, Dr. David Lisak, according to a detailed investigation conducted by Reason contributor Linda LeFauve.

Indeed, both Winstons are implied to be serial predators who drug their victims—even though no evidence that the accusers were actually drugged has ever surfaced. It’s not even totally clear, upon careful review of the facts, that the two men are guilty of anything other than ill-advised, drunken sex.

Are campuses home to some serial predators? Certainly. But they are also home to a great many young men and women who don’t practice good consent norms, drink recklessly, and have sex under confusing circumstances. There are a great many victims of sexual assault on college campuses (though not as many as is commonly believed), and yet activists and government policymakers keep giving a platform to the serial exaggerators and outright liars.

A movement that wants to promote safe, consensual sex on college campuses simply must do a better job weeding out fabulists if it hopes to inspire support for its cause. Unfortunately, the activists’ call to “believe all victims”—a sentiment recently echoed by Hillary Clinton of all people—is clearly getting in the way.

Those who believed Jackie were wrong to do so, and a year later, they are still fooling themselves.

(I reached out to Erdely through a mutual contact. She declined to be interviewed for this article.)

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I reached out to Erdely through a mutual contact. She declined to be interviewed for this article.

    We already know she's not big on getting both sides of the story out there.

  • Juvenile Bluster||

    Has she said anything since the story fell apart?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I assume she speaks to her attorney.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I would guess attorneys are advising against that.

  • DJF||

    I wonder how soon before she gets her Pulitzer Prize?

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    is that a euphemism for summons?

  • sloopyinTEXAS||

    Can prize money be garnisheed? If so, I can think of a few fraternity members that might be rooting for her.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    I wonder if she sobs in front of the mirror saying things like "The fact that these privileged white hetero cis males dared to question my story is PROOF that rape culture is real!"

  • ||

    'I stand by the facts of my story.'

  • B.P.||

    I noticed her Twitter account comes to a screeching halt at the end of November 2014.

  • Sevo||

    So there's something good about Twitter?

  • sloopyinTEXAS||

    What the fuck is a "Twitter"?

  • B.P.||

    A word toilet.

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    Preach!

  • wef||

    reached out to Erdely.... - why not try to contact "Jackie" Coakley? And what is this timorous reticence about using the liar's real name? Aside: Robby also does not mention reaching out to another pious fraudster missing from this recounting of Erdely's bs of a story, Emily Renda.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Rolling Stone is being sued by characters who were misrepresented in the story...

    Bros before defaming prose.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Jackie's "friend" was slut-shamed!

  • WuzYoungOnceToo||

    Bros before defaming prose.

    *golf clap*

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    These are activists pushing an agenda. I very much suspect that they know this is bullshit, and that they're peddling it on purpose.

  • John||

    Yes. They are just scum. Most journalists are scum and make up for it by being stupid.

  • fuckyougotmine||

    And their purpose is to reduce rape/sexual assault, reduce stigma, and help victims.

    How devious! I think they'd be fairly termed a "cabal"!

    Your fedora's crooked btw.

  • ||

    k

  • tarran||

    And their purpose is to reduce rape/sexual assault, reduce stigma, and help victims.

    And yet their actions have eroded the credibility of rape victims, increased the stigma assigned to people who claim they have been raped by the so called unknowing enablers of "Rape culture", and has hurt both real victims and fake victims (the former by making them less credible and the latter by encouraging/enabling their delusional or antisocial behavior)!

    And you think these are good guys?

  • SugarFree||

    Dude, don't talk to it. Scratching only makes it worse and spreads the infection.

  • Bern-o-Matic 5000||

    ZOMGZOMG!!1111!!! YOU ARR SOOO RIGHT THEYRE AKSHUNZ IS TOATS HELPING TEH VIKTUMS OF TEH RAIPZ!!111!!!!!! WE ARE SOOO LUCKY YUOU ARE HEER TO SHOW US THE ERRER UV AR WAYZ!!!

    THSANK!!!!!!!

  • Swiss Servator||

    + eleventy

  • Michael Ejercito||

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rap

    This is the true rape culture.

  • ||

    SSSHHHHHHHH!!!

  • Michael Ejercito||

    I wonder why they, who opuish the 1-in-5 meme, would not want to talk about this.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Because in this case the rapists are an "oppressed minority". They're just raping up.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    I wonder if they would support abortion in the case of a young white girl who got pregnant as a rsult of being raped by a black male.

    Which oppressed minority do they side with?

  • MSimon||

    The feetus. Because feet R us.

  • ||

    I'm Dr. Kermit Gosnell, and I approve this message.

  • commodious spittoon||

    Because that would be punching down, and their campus crusade has little to do with eliminating rape. They mostly just want to punch up.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte||

    Yes, but you're not allowed to talk about that.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Why not?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Because THE JOOOZZZ!!!

  • MSimon||

    I thought it was the SLIMSS.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Judenhass is the root of many evils.

  • ||

    Sweden is now number two on the global list of rape countries.

    What's a "rape country"?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Trollificus||

    Yeah, the Rape/Alcoholism/Ghost/Murder Ballads genre, though maybe only Caleb Meyer covers all those bases.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • ||

    It was a secret!!!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • SugarFree||

    Princess Nausea?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    This generation's Rebecca Black.

  • MJGreen - Docile Citizen||

    That's my favorite Miyazaki movie.

    ...Anyone?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I guessed correctly.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Warty approves.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    What's a "rape country"?

    A location that needs to update its tourism brochures.

  • Swiss Servator||

    *opera applause*

  • MSimon||

    followed by "vagina clap".

  • Atanarjuat||

    Where do you think STEVE SMITH came from?

  • Swiss Servator||

    Ha
    I've never seen you raped like this without a reason
    Another promise fallen through, another season passes by you

    Shock

    I never took the smile away from anybody's face
    And that's a desperate way to look for someone who is still a Swedish child

    In a rape country, STEVE SMITH stays with you
    Like a rapist's voice fires the mountainside

    Stay alive

    I thought that pain and rape were things that really mattered
    But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered

    I'm not expecting to rape flowers in Scandinavia
    But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime

    In a rape country, STEVE SMITH stays with you
    Like a rapist's voice fires the mountainside

  • WuzYoungOnceToo||

    What's a "rape country"?

    A great name for a grunge band.

  • Kevin Sorbos Manful Locks||

    "No Rape Country for Old Men"

  • Trollificus||

    Yeah, it's a genre of music, part of "Rape/Alcoholism/Ghost/Murder Ballads"., though maybe only Caleb Meyer has all those bases covered.

  • DJF||

    When will the people who vandalized the fraternity be charged with the crime?

    It should not be hard to find them since they appear to have been faculty and students at the university and there seems to be plenty of photos and video of the crimes.

  • Res ipsa loquitur||

    Some even admitted to it during interviews. It is fine to attack certain groups while the leaders look watch with approval. What historical situations does that remind me of ?

  • SimonD||

    any IMF meeting?

  • fuckyougotmine||

    "believe all victims”

    Seriously, do this, always. Even if you have to inconvenience a frat-bro.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    OK. Al Gore must be guilty of sexually assaulting female massage therapists, then. Guess the climate change movement needs a new, less rape-y spokesperson.

  • Bern-o-Matic 5000||

    Al Gore, like Bill Clinton, is immune because he is a doubleplusgoodthinker.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Idle Hands||

    I feel dirty.

  • Slammer||

    Needs more tits

  • R C Dean||

    "believe all victims”

    Seriously, do this, always.

    No.

  • Atanarjuat||

    Unless the perpetrator is being defended by Hillary Clinton. Then that girl is nothing but a slut.

  • ||

    "a lifeguard named Haven Monahan"

    /Bugs Bunny raised eyebrow.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    That does sound like a fake name, but on the other hand so does Ashton Kutcher and that's a real person.

  • DJF||

    Are you sure, I thought they created him using CGI.

  • commodious spittoon||

    You're thinking JT.

  • macsnafu||

    No, Keanu Reeves was created with CGI. That's why he's such a wooden, expressionless actor!

  • Lord at War||

    "Whoa!"

  • Haven Monahan||

    You questioning my lifeguard qualifications?

  • Swiss Servator||

    "By allowing herself to be duped"

    We are being quite charitable, aren't we?

  • Loki||

    Must be because COZMOZ and KOCKTALE PARTIEZ!!11!!1111!!!!1!!

  • Anomalous||

    Modest proposal: anyone who falsely and maliciously accuses someone of rape should serve the same sentence as rapists, and be required to register as a sex offender.

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    Your solution erroneously implies that justice is the goal with these people...But I do agree that your idea would help!

  • B.P.||

    "Jackie created him out of thin air presumably to trick her friends into thinking she had a boyfriend, and went to elaborate lengths to maintain the deception."

    George Glass!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwmSuaK_j5I

  • Swiss Servator||

    Art Vandelay?

  • Notorious UGCC||

    "A movement that wants to promote safe, consensual sex on college campuses"

    Is there a movement to promote *education* on college campuses? You know, the stuff you're supposed to be doing in between drunken hookups?

  • Loki||

    You know, the stuff you're supposed to be doing in between drunken hookups?

    You mean there's a purpose to college besides drunken hookups and getting as much pussy as possible?! MIND. BLOWN.

  • ||

    Well, Eddie doesn't have sex because he's not married and that's a sin in his religion. Technically, he's not even supposed to spank it, but I don't want to know...

  • Notorious UGCC||

    For someone who doesn't want to know, you sure talk about it a lot.

    And stay away from my rabbit hutch.

  • Acosmist||

    Does he not have a point that college might actually have a purpose, or are you just going to stalk some moar?

  • SimonD||

    Ooh, Ooh, Ooh. Mr. Kottah...

    I have an idea how to fix that; it's called a 'relationship'.

  • straffinrun||

    They never learn regardless of the times they botch it. The next Syphilis will keep trying to roll that stone to the top.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    Nice pun on the name of Sisyphus.

  • MSimon||

    Reminds me of Phyllis.

  • SugarFree||

    Reason should fund an award in Robby's name, like the Razzies, for worst defense of a fake story. Anna Merlan can be the first recipient. Sarah Maslin Nir can be the second.

  • ||

    Anna Merlan should have in her name a 'I haves Columbia degree' wing somewhere on Reason grounds.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I second this fantastic idea and offer to double my pledge (to a full dollar!) in order to fund such an award.

  • ||

    Yeah but would she show up to accept her award?

  • Sevo||

    With someone like that, it's not outside the realm of possible...

  • Swiss Servator||

    "I am an award winning journalist!"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The prestigious Rico Prize.

  • ||

    Do we put young or old Orson Welles's head at the top?

    I vote for old.

  • ||

    +1 RICO conspiracy

  • GILMORE™||

    "Reason should fund an award in Robby's name, like the Razzies,'

    The Grande Bouffant?

  • Loki||

    Name the award after Anna Merlan.

    The "Anna 'Columbia School of Jounalism graduate' Merlan Award for Narrative Defense" maybe?

  • ant1sthenes||

    The Rico Suave Violations Against Journalistic Integrity National Award. They could call them the vajjies.

  • In League with the Dark Ones||

    What you did there, I see it.

  • Sevo||

    'And the population is going to EXPLODE, meaning mass starvation in India in the 1970s'

  • Bern-o-Matic 5000||

    Jackie’s story is routinely cited as one of the most spectacular failures of journalism in the last decade—it’s a veritable what-not-to-do-guide for reporters covering sensitive subjects, according to the Columbia University School of Journalism.

    How would you know this, Rico? You didn't go there.

  • GILMORE™||

    " equally damaging to the ultimate cause of reducing rape on campus while safeguarding students’ due process rights."

    What evidence exists that should convince anyone that this is in fact the "ultimate cause" of these activists?

    I make this point over and over and over again re: contemporary left-wing activism... be it environmentalism, "Occupy", 'anti-rape', or racial-justice-seekers or whatever - You know them by *what they do*

    and their behavior does not provide evidence they are actually concerned about their headline "ultimate causes", so much as a much more fundamental desire for raw political influence and power.

    Granting them the benefit of the doubt and pretending "their Cause is their Purpose" is EXACTLY what they rely on from the media. They expect their behavior to be constantly "excused" by their cause.

    The first fundamental lie is their utter disinterest in the reality of "the problem" itself. They are less interested in actually learning what "Campus Rape" really is and how it occurs than they are in popularizing wildly-exaggerated myths about it.

    The second fundamental lie is in their disinterest in any "practical solutions"...as opposed to bureaucratic, political ones. Rape-activists have no interest in 'self-defense', buddy-system, binge-drinking reduction, documenting physical evidence after crimes...etc. They're solely concerned with how this 'fake problem' gives them power.

    Stop pretending their "Cause" is what they say it is.

  • commodious spittoon||

    Rico isn't supposed to editorialize. They claim to be concerned with campus rapes, and Rico demonstrates why their activities puts them directly at odds with that claim. That's his job.

    Editorializing is our job.

  • dantheserene||

    And business is good.

  • commodious spittoon||

    I haven't gotten my Koch gold this month. You?

  • MSimon||

    Profits are down but we can make it up with volume.

  • GILMORE™||

    "Rico isn't supposed to editorialize."

    ... i'd accept this as maybe a valid point to make about "broadsheet* news media". Not an openly-libertarian blog

    (*i'm aware this term and its implied distinction have gone the way of the Dodo; i'd still argue that there is a different mandate for "news reporting" than there is for 'commentary')

    Editorializing is what this (and almost any) blog IS. Aside from the very-rare story they actually generate ex-nihilo themselves, 90% is just commenting on 'other people's writing' about very-selective issues. They don't suffer under any pretense of being obligated to report "the news"

    (*even the AM/PM links - the only simulacra of 'reporting' - have devolved into continued commentary on selected cultural-issues rather than noting that "a bomb went off in Kabul" or "the stock market fell" or "noted politician convicted of corruption")

    I reject the idea that even a 'news reporter' is supposed to play along with a political charade no matter how ridiculous and superficial it becomes. Its one thing to play along in the "emergent" phase, but with an issue now many-years old, and has progressed to a "memetic" stage where 'the story about the story is the story'... its fair to begin to question its fundamental essence and motivating purpose.

  • commodious spittoon||

    And you'd be forgiven for having that expectation if Rico's only job is preaching to the converts, but Reason is still a foundation mag and therefore an outreach rag. They conduct polls, they publish studies, they collaborate, and they promote policy. All of that imposes an even-handed approach to taking on the many forces of illiberality. And frankly, it's probably better this way: take them at their word and demonstrate that they're not merely wrong, they're schizophrenic.

  • GILMORE™||

    " All of that imposes an even-handed approach to taking on the many forces of illiberality"

    You seem to think my criticism ISN'T "Even Handed"?

    I would argue that endlessly pretending that these 'activists' have nothing but honest intentions and noble purposes despite all behavior to the contrary is the opposite of "even handedness" and amounts to willful blindness and witting perpetuation of a mass-delusion.

    " frankly, it's probably better this way:"

    I disagree. What i see is a failure of intellectual honesty.

    And it can't possibly be defended as somehow part of any 'appeal to the general public' to attract people to any libertarian ideas;

    I'd point out that pandering *doesn't actually work* in popularizing libertarian ideas; I doubt Reason's subscription #s or page-views have been wildly improved by any kind of generous-attitude to the so-called Social-Justice-seeking causes. Secondly, i'd argue that it dilutes the magazine's libertarian credibility with its own audience. which is an accusation so common as to have become cliche.

    I'm not suggesting that the magazine needs to becomes some kind of fire-spitting Trump-esque opposition to Political Correctness in all its forms.

    I'm simply pointing out that pretending that "activists" maintain some moral-purity of purpose... while they repeatedly lie, distort, evade, wield institutions as weapons, and twist politician's arms for money and power.... is self-delusion

  • Atanarjuat||

    ^this.

    As soon as they've gotten everyone to accept their premise, they tack. Every time.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Rape-activists have no interest in 'self-defense', buddy-system, binge-drinking reduction, documenting physical evidence after crimes...etc.

    Indeed, they angrily dismiss such things, calling them "blaming the victim".

  • Old.Mexican||

    Re: Gilmore,

    What evidence exists that should convince anyone that this is in fact the "ultimate cause" of these activists?


    And that's been the problem since this ideological battle began: to assume that the Marxians are being sincere.

    It should be clear by now that once the material bonanza promised by socialists during the XIX and early XX centuries cannot materialize, the Marxians simply repackaged socialism's drab and miserable existence as the solution to those made-up problems like environmental damage, inequality and chauvinism. In other words, socialism's horribleness is something we have to endure in order to achieve a higher purpose. Never occurs to to people who are drawn in to this claptrap that they're being bamboozled.

  • Loki||

    Those who believed Jackie were wrong to do so, and a year later, they are still fooling themselves.

    Probably because they so desperately want to believe the Victim's Studies narrative that all cis-hetero men are evil, misogynistic rapists in waiting that they'll believe anything.

    (I reached out to Erdely through a mutual contact. She declined to be interviewed for this article.)

    I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. Hopefully she's in hiding because of shame, but that would require her to be capable of feeling shame.

  • Bern-o-Matic 5000||

    Hopefully she's in hiding because of shame, but that would require her to be capable of feeling shame.

    Doubt it's shame. More likely, it's on advice of counsel.

  • dantheserene||

    "it’s a veritable what-not-to-do-guide for reporters covering sensitive subjects, according to the Columbia University School of Journalism."

    Oh, Snap!

  • Atanarjuat||

    Yeah, that was an extremely polite jab.

  • Kevin Sorbos Manful Locks||

    That line brought about a boisterous guffaw.

  • ||

    Once again, thanks, Rico, for sticking to your guns on this. I know that the lamestream Columbia type journos hate you but you will be vindicated some day.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Rape fabulists "fool" journalists like murdering cops and their buddies "fool" prosecutors.

  • ||

    Saw the title of this article, saw who the author was, checked the calendar, and realized Rico was due for his monthly 'rubbing of the prog nose in my figurative feces' article.

    'HA-HA, I was right, you was wrong! Busted!'

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Erdely’s expose was intended as an exploration of the kinds of violence and institutional failures college-aged women are forced to deal with incessantly, but the author found a wholly unrepresentative story—Jackie’s—and made it the centerpiece of the article.

    It seems to me that Jackie's situation is actually quite representative of the experience of college age girls.

    She wasn't the victim of violence and the institutions she was surrounded by were eager to support her. That strikes me as, happily, generally representative of the situation most college girls have.

    The reality is that everyone already knows what's been going on. Feminists are trying to "rebrand anything a woman doesn't like" as rape or at least redefine it as aggression. It's a popular tactic because it immunizes the accuser from any questioning.

    In those cases of the drunken hookups, how often is the man sober? If he's not, then by any rational standard the woman's as guilty of raping him as he is of raping her (I recall a posting only a few years ago by a fairly prominent feminist recounting how she went out and picked up a couple of drunk guys to do a threesome, but then backed out because she was afraid that one of them could potentially be a rapist. Obviously, self-awareness isn't her strong suit.).

  • R C Dean||

    the source of all the trouble, UVA student “Jackie,”

    Why aren't we using her real name? She's not a victim who needs/deserves protection, so that can't be it.

  • Haven Monahan||

    Her name is Jackie Coakley.

  • widget||

    UC Berkeley enrollment now clocks in with 19% whites. More gals than guys go to college these days so we're talking about less 10% of the enrollment being white male oppressors running loose in their KKK costumes on that campus.

  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    And 100% of Berkeley students hate them.

  • MarkLastname||

    10% too many, in the eyes of the average Berkeley student.

  • The artist known Dunphy||

    I've investigated a couple of dozen rape cases and the thing the 'rapeculture' idiots never seem to grasp is that rape (and domestic violence) are relatively unique in that almost all other false reports of crimes don't finger innocent victims

    Burgs, etc are either faked or the items stolen inflated for insurance fraud etc but in the case of rape there is almost always a specific suspect (or in the duke case - suspects) that often get 'fucked'

    That's what makes it so pernicious

    And I have had suspects who through statements (especially with alibis) etc could vitiate a false claim rather quickly - in other cases, the story just starts to fall apart or doesn't pass the smell test

    But that was true in Duke, but ideological warriors and unaccountable prosecutors can override these caution signs and real people get hurt

    I knew a guy who committed suicide over false sexual assault claims (shortly after his death the 'victims' case fell apart

    THIS is what's so awful and unique about these cases but as I saw when arguing holes in the duke case with Feministing warriors before it officially fell apart - ideological warriors (similar to reason cop haters who assume cops guilty on the flimsiest of evidence) stand in the way of truth

    Rapeculture nuts are as impervious to evidence and logical argumentation as truthers and exhibit the same psychological quirks

  • Galane||

    Same thing as those two cases where men are being hounded to pay child support for kids that aren't theirs, simply because the mother wrote down a random name for the father then the State determined that the first guy in the phone book with that name is the father - despite the guy they're after never having met the woman, having been in prison the whole time, and the DNA test proving he's not the father.

  • Alan@.4||

    Might one draw he conclusion that, regarding a number of subjects, categories, media is to readily "foolable". As to why this is, who knows, other than perhaps "foolability" fits in with their predilections, their preconceived notions concerning these subjects

  • jenni47||

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  • Intraveneous Woodchipper||

    You should probably look up that Erdeley chick, sounds like she needs a new job at this point!

  • TimothyLane||

    Liberals will always take their ideological argument (an epidemic of rape on campus) over any factual evidence. Occasionally a hoax unravels so badly they have to stop using it, but they never admit it was all a lie, much less learn to be more cautious about reflexively accepting convenient claims. If they learned, Tawana Brawley and the Duke lacrosse team would have taught them by now. But being a liberal means never having to accept reality.

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    I still run into people who think Brawley was a victim and that UVA was a horrible story of campus rape. My conclusion is that many people don't get past the initial claims and accept them dogmatically. Then there are the real winners, those who accept that UVA demonstrates the narrative, EVEN THOUGH THIS STORY WAS A LIE!!!

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    Yes, I'm looking at you, Ezra (late for the woodchipper) Klein.

  • JPyrate||

    I want to know where Irish, and Brenden O'Neil is hiding out these days ?

  • JPyrate||

  • XM||

    Why is that article still available at Jezebel? They provide links to updates but I saw no attempts at mea culpa.

    Here's the common smear against Robby in the comments -

    "You don't have a shred of proof that contradicts her story!"

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  • Lilith||

    Can you describe the difference between "not practicing good consent norms" and having nonconsensual sex, i.e. rape??

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