As football seasons grow longer and the toll of football grows clearer, a growing trend is unpaid amateur football players threatening to say to hell with finishing the season. It’s not uncommon lately in high school football for bad high school teams to forfeit their last few games because not enough players show up. Last year, U. of Missouri players threatened to boycott a game in support of Black Lives Matter.
Now, U. of Minnesota players are threatening to boycott their minor bowl game because ten players have been suspended on charges of sexual assault.
The press (such as ESPN above) hasn’t been all that forthcoming today with pictures of the accused players, but you can find pictures of these ten HäaSven Monahanssens on Fox 9 Twin Cities:
There seems to be a bit of a pattern to college football sexual assault charges …
Thomas Edsall mulls over Hillary’s strategic blunders in the NYT:
The difference in the rhetorical strategy of Hillary Clinton and Theresa May is one of stress and underscoring. While May made sure her identity group stands were secondary to her pronounced commitment to the working men and women of England generally, Clinton frequently placed her focus on identity groups.
Take her speech in Nevada a week before the state’s caucuses in February:
“Not everything is about an economic theory, right?” Clinton told a gathering in Henderson:
“If we broke up the big banks tomorrow — and I will, if they deserve it, if they pose a systemic risk, I will — would that end racism?”
“No,” the audience replied.
“Would that end sexism?”
“Would that end discrimination against the LGBT community?”
“Would that make people feel more welcoming to immigrants overnight?”
Every campaign seeks to mobilize specific constituencies. Identity politics are, and have always been, a fact of life. The issue is what takes precedence: those constituency-specific appeals or a sustained emphasis on a more encompassing appeal to a broad economic class.
Donald Trump won the presidency on an identity politics counterpunch: the mobilization of angry white voters, most of them men. White men supported Trump over Hillary Clinton 62 percent to 31 percent, while white women supported Trump by a more modest margin, 52 to 43. Clinton’s emphasis on her gender appears to have helped Trump in key battlegrounds.
The approach developed by May and her staff, and by the Obama and Bill Clinton campaigns before her, addresses a question that nags at Democratic strategists: How do you establish a commonweal when everyone is looking to have his or her own concerns ratified?
The tried and true way for a politician to market a coalitional regime amid a cacophony of particularistic demands is to forcefully assert the primacy of the whole. This worked for the Obama insurgency in 2008 because his coalition members were willing to temporarily suspend their immediate demands in favor of a more encompassing victory.
Looking toward the future, Democrats might turn the tables on the Republicans and explicitly demonize Trump and his party as proponents of an exclusionary politics of white male identity.
But it is also legitimate to ask whether the age of identity politics is coming to an end. One lesson of 2016 is that opposition to multiculturalism has become an extraordinarily powerful mobilizing tool for the right. It has spurred the emergence of a white lower- and middle-income Republican party while simultaneously invigorating the formerly insignificant alt-right and white supremacists generally.
It would be simplistic to make identity politics the sole culprit of this year’s Democratic defeat, especially in light of Clinton’s 2.4 million popular vote margin. While universalistic appeals have a certain allure in the face of particularistic clamor, it is unlikely that either identity politics or its hyperactive watchdog, political correctness — the current whipping boys of postelection analysis — will disappear anytime soon. …
Should the Democrats strive for more subtle, sophisticated and ingenious appeals to their party’s cross-section of identities, including a revivification of the idea of the commonweal? I would say emphatically yes. Trump’s recent victory notwithstanding, the debate over how to do this needs to move forward on a higher plane, without the name calling, if it is to have any chance of success.
I’d like that to happen for the good of the country, but my guess is that more likely will be that the anti-straight white gentile maleism that was such a driving force for Democrats over the last few years now has in Donald Trump, the Blond Beast himself, Haven Monahan’s Bad Dad, a physical embodiment of their years of hate whom they conjured up with their rage.
President Trump is like the emergence of the Stay-Puft Marshallow Man as The Destroyer at the end of Ghostbusters, except for one guy conjuring up the thought in his head, most of our cultural elite has been dreaming/dreading/exploiting the fear of the Coming of the Blond Beast for decades to justify their domination of power and thought. The counter-revolution of Emonahanal Havenstein has triumphed.
One recurrent element in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s blood libel in Rolling Stone on the University of Virginia is her resentment of how much the blond and tanned students respect UVA’s founder Thomas Jefferson. Sabrina may have lost the battle to the tune of a $2 million libel judgment against her, but her war on Jefferson is going well. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 11:32 am
From staff reports
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is being asked to refrain from quoting Thomas Jefferson because of his racist beliefs, according to The Cavalier Daily.
A letter, signed by 469 faculty members and students, was sent to Sullivan on Nov. 11 protesting the use of a Jefferson quotation in her email calling for unity after the presidential election, the student newspaper reported.
“We would like for our administration to understand that although some members of this community may have come to this university because of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, others of us came here in spite of it,” the letter read. “For many of us, the inclusion of Jefferson quotations in these e-mails undermines the message of unity, equality and civility that you are attempting to convey.”
In her message after the election, Sullivan said that “Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend that University of Virginia students ‘are not of ordinary significance only: they are exactly the persons who are to succeed to the government of our country, and to rule its future enmities, its friendships and fortunes.’”
She encouraged “today’s U.Va. students to embrace that responsibility.” …
Lawrie Balfour, a politics professor who signed the letter, told the newspaper that those who signed the letter were grateful that Sullivan responded to anxiety following the election but felt it was the wrong moment to turn to Jefferson because of recent incidents of identity-related hate speech.
“I’ve been here 15 years,” Balfour said. “Again and again, I have found that at moments when the community needs reassurance and Jefferson appears, it undoes I think the really important work that administrators and others are trying to do.”
The slave-holding third president was U.Va’s founder.
And landscape architect.
Jefferson’s design for UVA with buildings around a grassy quad has remained immensely influential in campus design.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A federal jury has awarded $3 million in damages to a former University of Virginia associate dean after finding that a Rolling Stone magazine article sullied her reputation by alleging that she was indifferent to allegations of a gang rape on campus.
The 10 jurors heard arguments for damages in the case Monday, determining that Nicole Eramo’s suffering should cost a reporter and Rolling Stone multiple millions as a result of the article, which was retracted after its serious flaws were exposed. Eramo testified during the trial that after the article published, she faced threats, lost her ability to pursue her life’s work as a sexual assault prevention advocate, and took a major hit to her professional credibility.
On Friday, the same jury found that the magazine and one of its journalists, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was liable for defaming Eramo in a 9,000-word account of sexual assault published in November 2014.
The jury awarded Eramo $2 million from Erdely and $1 million from Rolling Stone, less than half of the original $7.5 million that Eramo sought when she filed her lawsuit in May 2015. But in judging the seriousness of Eramo’s false portrayal in the magazine, jurors still found considerable fault in the reporting and publishing of the story, deciding after more than two weeks of testimony and argument that Rolling Stone acted with “actual malice.”
With the jury having found Rolling Stone guilty of “actual malice” in UVA bureaucrat Nicole Eramo’s lawsuit against the famous magazine over its broken glass gang rape blood libel, it’s worth looking at how many prominent journalists enthusiastically backed Erdely’s absurd concoction:
Last summer, historian KC Johnson put up a blog post archiving enthusiastic tweets Sabrina Rubin Erdely received in November 2014 from other professional journalists praising her ludicrous Rolling Stone hate hoax “A Rape on Campus.”
For example, Jeffrey Goldberg praised Erdely’s Night of Broken Glass rape fantasy as “Amazing reporting. And terrifying.”
Goldberg has recently been promoted to editor-in-chief of The Atlantic.
Jeffrey Toobin, a legal writer for The New Yorker and talking head on CNN, tweeted: “you did amazing work, a real public service.”
Luke Russert of NBC tweeted this on November 19, 2014.
Dan Zak is a Washington Post reporter. It wasn’t good enough for him that one fraternity was subject to a Night of Broken Glass mob breaking its windows and all fraternities on campus were shut. He tweeted: “Now burn ‘em down.”
Johnson has collected many more such tweets from professional MSM journalists who went out of their way to praise and promote without a hint of skepticism Erdely’s crazy article.
How much is the Trump Phenomenon of 2016 is driven by parts of the the public slowly becoming aware over the years of how much the big money media loves to promote hate hoaxes targeting them?
The 10-person jury found that Erdely acted with actual malice when the article was first published on Nov. 19, 2014, and Rolling Stone and Wenner Media acted with actual malice when the story was republished on Dec. 5, 2014.
The “actual malice” standard includes a reckless disregard for the truth. It’s clear from reading the Rolling Stone blood libel about gang rape on broken glass that Sabrina Rubin Erdely was motivated by malice –political, gender, ideological and ethnic — against Thomas Jefferson’s U. of Virginia, which she saw as dominated by Southern blond conservative men. That’s why she didn’t notice that Jackie Coakley’s tall tale was self-evidently absurd.
Here’s my Taki’scolumn from a couple of weeks ago on the trial.
Here’s Richard Bradley’s blog post on November 24, 2014 (with my comments) that kicked off the collapse of this house of cards.
Here’s my December 10, 2014 blog post “Going Going Gone Girl!” when T. Rees Shapiro of the Washington Post broke the story that Jackie Coakley had catfished rapist / dream date Haven Monahan (whose name hadn’t yet been revealed) into digital pseudo-existence to make a boy she liked jealous.
Here’s my December 17, 2014 Taki’s column “Clusterfake” putting it into the bigger perspective.
KC Johnson has a list of tweets from journalists to Sabrina Rubin Erdely praising her great work on her ludicrous article.
Donald Trump says he loves minorities. “Nothing means more to me than working to make our party the home of the African-American vote,” he told a white crowd in Iowa over the weekend. As evidence, he cited “what’s been happening over the last two weeks and three weeks with me”—a series of speeches in which Trump, according to himself, has been reaching out to blacks and Hispanics.
I’ve watched these speeches. They’re a perfect encapsulation of who Trump is. While mouthing platitudes about inclusiveness, he systematically courts certain minorities—or, rather, courts white voters who are skittish about supporting a racist—by pledging to protect them from other minorities. Even when he poses as the candidate of love and unity, Trump reveals himself as the candidate of hostility and division.
In contrast, a good, moral white person like Hillary unites all minorities by telling them to hate white people.
Sure, black, Hispanics, Chinese, Hindus, Muslims, and American Indians might not have much in common, but they can all unite around hating white people.
Fearing and loathing white people is the KKKrazy Glue that holds together the Democrats’ Coalition of the Fringes.
But of course Hillary is a white person, so she doesn’t mean white people, she means white men.
Actually, let’s refine it to straight white men. Sure, a Muslim murdered 49 gays in Orlando in June, but, really, when you think about it, it was caused by straight white men.
And if they wear dresses, they’re on the good team too.
Really, what we are talking about are cisgender straight white male swimmers like Brock Turner, Ryan Lochte, and Haven Monahan.
Baylor’s all-time sack leader, defensive end Shawn Oakman, 6’9″ and 287 pounds, was arrested for sexual assault on a coed 2 weeks before NFL draft
As I’ve been pointing out for years, a standard way an ambitious coach raises the success level of a college football or basketball program is to dare to scrape the bottom of the behavioral barrel harder than rival coaches when recruiting giant young males. A statistically likely side effect is that more coeds on your campus get raped, but boosters can pay the young ladies off.
And since most of the football and basketball player rapists are black and their victims tend to be white, nobody has really wanted to talk about what’s going on terribly explicitly. Black-on-white rape is a stereotype, right? So therefore it’s nothing to worry about.
It’s much more socially acceptable to make up stories about Haven Monahan and the Duke lacrosse team menace. Haven Monahan shattered stereotypes, just like he shattered glass, so we should notice him, not all the black basketball and football player rapists who actually exist.
Finally, however, a college has fired its highly successful $6 million per year football coach over this. From the NYT (with my adding photos of the athletes referred to in the article):
Kenneth W. Starr, the former independent counsel who delivered a report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, was removed as president of Baylor University on Thursday after an investigation found “fundamental failure” by the university in its handling of accusations of sexual assault against football players.
The university also fired the football coach, Art Briles, whose ascendant program brought in millions of dollars in revenue but was troubled by accusations of sexual assault committed by its players — an increasingly familiar combination in big-time college sports.
Mr. Starr was stripped of his title as university president but will remain Baylor’s chancellor and a professor at the law school. …
Critics have claimed that Baylor sacrificed moral considerations — and the safety of other students — for the sake of its winning football team. …
Mr. Starr, who was solicitor general and a federal judge before taking on the Clinton case, has been credited with raising hundreds of millions of dollars for Baylor, the country’s largest Baptist university, in part by yoking its fortunes to football. …
That Baylor had an apparently functioning athletic department was seen as an achievement in itself:
The university experienced one of the worst college sports scandals ever after a men’s basketball player murdered a teammate in 2003, with a subsequent investigation revealing drug use and payments to players, resulting in harsh N.C.A.A. penalties.
Baylor said it had retained counsel for the possibility of an N.C.A.A. investigation into the latest transgressions.
The circumstances took on a new dimension nearly a year ago, when a former football player, Sam Ukwuachu, was convicted of sexually assaulting another Baylor athlete and sentenced to six months in jail.
During the trial, a former girlfriend of Mr. Ukwuachu’s testified that he had assaulted her several years earlier, when he had been a football player at Boise State.
Baylor denied that it had been apprised of Mr. Ukwuachu’s history; Boise State disputed that denial.
The Ukwuachu case came a year after Tevin Elliott, a former Baylor player, was convicted of sexually assaulting a Baylor freshman.
Two other Baylor students testified that Elliott also had sexually assaulted them. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Subsequent news reports have found several other accusations of sexual assault by Baylor athletes, including one against two players that Baylor did not investigate for more than two years.
A third Baylor football player, all-time school sack leader Shawn Oakman, 6’9″ and 287 pounds (who could play a cyborg in Demolition Man II), was arrested on a charge of sexual assault in April. He went undrafted two weeks later in the NFL draft.
Sports of The Times
By MICHAEL POWELL MARCH 4, 2016
DALLAS — Word that Keith Frazier, who played on the best college team you will not see this postseason, had dropped out barely registered beyond the confines of Dallas.
Frazier, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was Southern Methodist’s third leading scorer, simply stopped showing up for practice in early January, with the Mustangs still undefeated. A few days later, he left the university.
As emotionally fragile as he was talented, Frazier stood at the center of an academic scandal that led the N.C.A.A. to ban S.M.U. from the postseason this year and suspend its coach, Larry Brown, who is in the basketball Hall of Fame, for nine games.
A few days after Frazier dropped out, I asked Coach Brown about the student. Brown shook his head; more than a hint of a native Brooklyn rasp lingers in his voice. “I think I invested more time in that kid than my family,” Brown said. “It’s a tragedy now in college sports, kids leave.”
Larry Brown is as old as Bernie Sanders. When I contemplate his tumultuous coaching career:
1965–1967 North Carolina (asst.)
1972–1974 Carolina Cougars (ABA)
1974–1979 Denver Nuggets (ABA & NBA)
1981–1983 New Jersey Nets
1988–1992 San Antonio Spurs
1992–1993 Los Angeles Clippers
1993–1997 Indiana Pacers
1997–2003 Philadelphia 76ers
2003–2005 Detroit Pistons
2005–2006 New York Knicks
2008–2010 Charlotte Bobcats
I just want to take a nap. Some people have more energy than I do.
That is not the tragedy.
The tragedy is that the adults in big-time high school and college basketball, despite attempts at reform and despite the presence of many fine student-athletes, exert far more energy trying to churn out wins than trying to provide an education. Young men like Frazier, who just three years ago was Brown’s top recruit, are collateral damage.
Why does the reporter assume that there’s something tragic about young Keith Frazier not getting much of an education? Is there any evidence that he would benefit from the academic life? Even if Mr. Frazier happened to be an intellectual diamond in the rough, we have to realize that because there’s not much positive correlation between basketball talent and IQ there exist a whole lot of young men who are much, much better basketball players than they are scholars. Should they be denied the opportunity to do what they are best at in life just because they lost the genetic lottery for brains while winning the height and athleticism lotteries?
In 2013, Frazier was a McDonald’s high school all-American and perhaps the best player in Texas. Brown, an undisputed coaching genius, was newly hired at S.M.U. and looking to draw attention to a basketball team that had long been mediocre. Brown and his assistants pursued Frazier like bird dogs after a pheasant. When Frazier signed, Brown howled with glee.
“Keith changed our program,” Brown said at the time. “We’ve never been successful in recruiting inner-city kids.
“Now, everywhere I go, kids are interested in us because of Keith.”
Brown had coached college ball twice before, and twice the N.C.A.A. sanctions ax had fallen on his teams, at U.C.L.A. and Kansas.
To my mind, the tragedy would be if Larry Brown succeeded in opening a pipeline to SMU from the inner city for large, aggressive males and a bunch of coeds wound up getting raped by Larry’s prize recruits.
Fortunately, I don’t see any reports of Frazier being accused of sexual assault before flunking out of SMU. Granted, Frazier was arrested this morning around 3 AM, but that was for a nonviolent charge.
A lot of effort has been put into stuffing the UVA – Rolling Stone gang rape on broken glass hate hoax down the Memory Hole by making the scandal seem as boring and technical as imaginable: mistakes were made in following proper journalistic procedures. Nothing else to remember here, move along.
The key roadblock was to keep the words “catfishing” and “Haven Monahan” out of the public mind. If you understand how those two fit together, the story is hilarious: a super-girly girl, Jackie, catfishes a dream date “Haven Monahan” into digital existence to make a boy she likes, Ryan, jealous.
When that’s not working she makes up a story about Haven Monahan’s sexual assault. When that still doesn’t make Ryan fall in love with her, she switches back to having Haven send Ryan an email explaining why Ryan should fall in love with Jackie, cribbed from Dawson’s Creek and other romance shows for boy-crazy tween girls.
When that fails, Jackie slowly becomes aware over many months that if she can’t have Ryan, she can still have some of the attention she craves by portraying herself as a victim of campus rape culture. But of course she can’t call the police because she just made everything up. Dean Nicole Eramo recognizes that Jackie’s probably never going to talk to the police about her woozy story.
Eventually, Sabrina Rubin Erdely comes to town for Rolling Stone and between them they work up a doozy of a story. With publication, an actual Night of Broken Glass ensues with SJW vandals smashing the windows of the libeled fraternity house. Jackie then defends Dean Eramo when America’s feminists try to get the poor woman fired. It’s a complete fiasco, but nobody in the media seems to notice that Erdely’s article is absurd until Richard Bradley blogs about it five days later. After four more days, I post a link to Bradley’s blog and the great unraveling begins.
A week and a half later, Shapiro publishes a long article in the Washington Post that lays out many facts (although not yet the name Haven Monahan), but requires a very high reading comprehension level to extract the details and arrange them into an interesting story. (That’s not unusual in a case where a reporter has gotten a scoop under deadline pressure with legal and ideological worries.)
That evening in December 2014, a legendary comedy writer called me out of the blue to talk over the question: Is this Washington Post article actually as hilarious as it appears to me if I boiled it down?
Yes, it is.
But most of the news media never really grasps these later developments in the story that make it so vivid. The NYT, in particular, is extremely reluctant to mention the whole catfishing / Dawson’s Creek angle.
Fortunately, the ongoing lawsuits have allowed Shapiro to return to the story and use the megaphone of the Washington Post to finally start to craft a more memorable public image of this highly representative tale of our age.
Shapiro is the young reporter who did so much good work revealing that this all started out as Jackie perpetrating a catfishing hoax.
Lawyers representing a University of Virginia associate dean in a defamation suit against Rolling Stone magazine say a sensational account of a fraternity gang rape at the school was based on a series of lies told by the story’s main subject, according to new court documents.
The Alexandria-based law firm representing U-Va. administrator Nicole Eramo has filed motions seeking communications between Rolling Stone and “Jackie,” a U-Va. student whose haunting tale as the alleged victim of a vicious gang-rape at a fraternity house stunned the nation and invigorated a widespread discussion on college sexual assault.
But in new filings submitted in federal court, Eramo’s lawyers claim that Jackie is “a serial liar who invented” her account of being raped by seven fraternity brothers participating in a hazing ritual that had left her bloodied and emotionally scarred. …
“All available evidence suggests that ‘Haven Monahan’ was a figment of Jackie’s imagination,” Eramo’s lawyers wrote in court documents.
Nicole Eramo patiently listened to Jackie’s story about Haven Monahan several times and rightly figured out it wasn’t legit, for which she was much denounced as a facilitator of campus rape culture from Nov. 19th to December 1st, 2014.
By the way, a search through the New York Times archives reveals that the newspaper finally published the name “Haven Monahan” in late March 2015, more than 4 months after CNN used it.
It’s revealing that Jackie catfishing Haven Monahan into digital pseudo-existence didn’t start out as a feminist thing, but instead was just about the girliest ploy imaginable, intended to make a boy she liked jealous. Her conversion into a feminist icon as star victim of white male patriarchy only happened gradually as she figured out that’s what our culture wants.
It’s interesting to contrast the American media’s immensely credulous response in November 2014 to Jackie’s absurd story (via Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s preposterous write-up of it as the Protocols of the Juniors of Virginia) to the German media’s attempt to hush up the New Year’s Eve goings-on in Cologne during the first few days of January.
As we all know, the Campus Rape Crisis is due to white fraternity boys like U. of Virginia lifeguard Haven Monahan. Except, despite all the rules mandating counting race and rape on campus, nobody ever releases any figures about the racial makeup of college men accused of rape.
But in passing in a New Yorker article, Harvard Law School criminal law professor Jeannie Suk drops a bombshell: on average, male students accused of sexual assault look less like Haven Monahan than like, say, Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston. From The New Yorker:
This is a piece on a subject about which I may soon be prevented from publishing, depending on how events unfold. Last month, near the time that CNN broadcast the documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which focuses on four women who say their schools neglected their claims of sexual assault, I joined eighteen other Harvard Law School professors in signing a statement that criticized the film’s “unfair and misleading” portrayal of one case from several years ago. A black female law student accused a black male law student of sexually assaulting her and her white female friend. The accuser, Kamilah Willingham, has graduated from the law school and is featured in the film. The accused, Brandon Winston, who spent four years defending himself against charges of sexual misconduct, on campus and in criminal court, was ultimately cleared of sexual misconduct and has been permitted to reënroll. The group that signed the statement, which includes feminist, black, and leftist faculty, wrote that this was a just outcome. …
But last week the filmmakers did more than understandably disagree with criticism of the film, which has been short-listed for the Academy Award for best documentary. They wrote, in a statement to the Harvard Crimson, that “the very public bias these professors have shown in favor of an assailant contributes to a hostile climate at Harvard Law.” The words “hostile climate” contain a serious claim. At Harvard, sexual harassment is “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including verbal conduct that is “sufficiently persistent, pervasive, or severe” so as to create a “hostile environment.” If, as the filmmakers suggest, the professors’ statement about the film has created a hostile environment at the school, then, under Title IX, the professors should be investigated and potentially disciplined.
It’s funny how you used to hear all the time about the dangers of any “chilling effect” on freedom of expression, but now you hear all about how allowing freedom of expression creates a “hostile environment” and the phrase “chilling effect” has vanished.
Professor Suk goes on to argue that the current campus atmosphere of Always-Believe-the-(self-proclaimed)-Victim is disproportionately bad for black men:
It is as important and logically necessary to acknowledge the possibility of wrongful accusations of sexual assault as it is to recognize that most rape claims are true. And if we have learned from the public reckoning with the racial impact of over-criminalization, mass incarceration, and law enforcement bias, we should heed our legacy of bias against black men in rape accusations. The dynamics of racially disproportionate impact affect minority men in the pattern of campus sexual-misconduct accusations, which schools, conveniently, do not track, despite all the campus-climate surveys. Administrators and faculty who routinely work on sexual-misconduct cases, including my colleague Janet Halley, tell me that most of the complaints they see are against minorities, and that is consistent with what I have seen at Harvard. The “always believe” credo will aggravate and hide this context, aided by campus confidentiality norms that make any racial pattern difficult to study and expose.
That’s not exactly transparent prose, so let me elucidate: what Professor Suk has privately heard from professional campus rape experts and what she has seen at Harvard is that most of those accused of sexual assault don’t look like Haven Monahan, but are instead minorities. And the context of the paragraph suggests that a large fraction of this minority majority of accused student rapists are black.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The fraternity that was the focus of a debunked Rolling Stone article about a gang rape filed a $25 million lawsuit against the magazine Monday, saying the piece made the frat and its members “the object of an avalanche of condemnation worldwide.”
The complaint, filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court, also names Sabrina Rubin Erdely as a defendant. It is the third filed in response to the November 2014 article entitled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA.” Three individual fraternity members and recent graduates are suing for at least $225,000 each, and a university associate dean who claims she was portrayed as the “chief villain” is suing the magazine for more than $7.5 million. …
However, details in the lengthy narrative did not hold up under scrutiny by other media organizations. For example, Phi Kappa Psi did not host any social event at its house on the day of the alleged gang rape as the article claimed. Additional discrepancies led Rolling Stone to commission an examination by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which said in a blistering report that Rolling Stone failed at virtually every step, from the reporting by Erdely to an editing process that included high-ranking staffers.
You can always tell whether the fix is in — are the media trying to CYA on this by making it sound as technical and tedious as possible? — by whether or not they mention the two words “Haven Monahan.” Without the words “Haven Monahan,” this is just a boring story about proper procedures not being followed. With the words “Haven Monahan,” however, it’s hilarious.
According to Google News, the words “Haven Monahan” do not appear in any articles about this lawsuit anywhere in the news media today.
The Master Mind of the
The Germans of Chicago
Speaking of German America, when I moved to Chicago in 1982, I lived in a high-rise at 2700 N. Hampden Ct., a couple of blocks inland from Lincoln Park. Across the street was a spectacular mansion, the Dewes house, with a top floor ballroom that a German immigrant brewer had built with the original intention of hosting Kaiser Wilhelm II when he visited Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair.
And whenever I walked to the park, this was just about the first thing I saw: a colossal statue of a muscular youth with an eagle perched on his arm. One source says it’s 18 feet tall and 80 tons heavy, another says 25 feet tall — that’s probably including the base.
I don’t really know what the eagle is there for. The only eagle reference I can find regarding Goethe is this rather lame poem “The Eagle and the Dove” in which a dove recommends vegetarianism to a wounded eagle who can no longer fly. Maybe it’s a bald eagle representing America?
I was always under the impression that the subject was Goethe’s character Young Werther, but that must have been due to a faulty guidebook.
In 1951, a lightning bolt melted the statue’s left foot, which is pretty cool. Oddly enough, Chicago’s Parks and Recreation Department successfully repaired the statue and it hasn’t toppled over and crushed a jogger yet.
Charles Murray’s Human Accomplishment finds Goethe the second most eminent writer in Western Literature, behind only to you-know-who, but he doesn’t come up much in America 102 years later. The date on the statue, 1913, is rather poignant.
Almost as tall as the Goethe statue, and much shinier, is its cl0se neighbor:
Is Alexander Hamilton out or in these days? The Obama Administration wants to take him off the $10 bill, but Hamilton is the new hit hip-hop musical on Broadway (inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography). And Hamilton liked money, which is almost always in fashion. They’ll probably take Andrew Jackson off the $20 instead.
That Jefferson Memorial-looking building in the background is the National Elks Club Headquarters.
How long until the Jefferson Memorial is renamed The Sally Hemmings Victims of White Male Rapists Memorial?
Left: Original photo of UVA’s Dean Eramo; Right, demonic Rolling Stoneized version accompanying Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s smear job
One of the tangential victims of the broken glass gang rape hoax worked up by UVA coed Jackie Coakley and reporter Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely was a minor campus official named Nicole Eramo, who became nationally demonized by feminists last November for not taking seriously enough Jackie’s story to, say, have the White House call in a drone strike on the frat house. The couple of hundred comments on one campus newspaper article about Eramo were just insanely vituperative.
Now, Eramo is suingRolling Stone for $7.5 million.
Late in her first year at UVA, depressed and in danger of flunking out, Jackie talks to Dean Nicole Eramo, Chair of the Sexual Misconduct Board. This dean patiently explains to Jackie the three ways she can file charges, but Jackie can’t make up her mind. Eventually, Dean Eramo suggests she join a campus rape survivors’ support group. There, Jackie makes new friends who appreciate her story (even though it’s more violent than their own).
In Erdely’s telling, Dean Eramo, a middle-aged lady, is a sinister figure, a sonderkommando who shields the rape culture by getting students to confide in her instead of exposing the vileness all about. But there’s a problem with the author’s interpretation: Jackie and numerous other young women love Dean Eramo. She listens. Jackie and others responded to the Rolling Stone hit piece against Eramo by writing a long letter to the college newspaper praising the dean.
My vague impression is that Jackie seems like a troubled soul who drew needed comfort from talking to listeners who were sympathetic. She doesn’t appear to have been in any hurry over the last couple of years to talk to people who might ask her tough questions about the validity of her allegations, such as police detectives or defense attorneys. That appears to have been prudent on her part.
Unfortunately, Rolling Stone was eager to use her for its own commercial and political purposes.
And so her story is now our latest national media crisis.
During her sophomore year, Jackie became prominent in the struggle on campus against rape culture. But the patriarchy struck back brutally last spring, using its favorite tool of violence, the glass bottle. Outside a bar at the Corner:
One man flung a bottle at Jackie that broke on the side of her face, leaving a blood-red bruise around her eye.
That’s horrifying … assuming it happened. Or are we deep into Gone Girl territory now? (There’s nothing in the article about anybody calling the police over this presumably open-and-shut case.) Erdely continues:
She e-mailed Eramo so they could discuss the attack—and discuss another matter, too, which was troubling Jackie a great deal. Through her ever expanding network, Jackie had come across something deeply disturbing: two other young women who, she says, confided that they, too, had recently been Phi Kappa Psi gang-rape victims.
A bruise still mottling her face, Jackie sat in Eramo’s office in May 2014 and told her about the two others. … (Neither woman was willing to talk to RS.)
Eramo had been listening to Jackie’s stories for a year at this point:
As Jackie wrapped up her story, she was disappointed by Eramo’s nonreaction. She’d expected shock, disgust, horror.
Erdely attributes this widespread ho-hum reaction among Jackie’s old friends and confidantes to a second massive conspiracy, this one to cover up the first conspiracy in order to protect that bastion of the right, UVA.
Could a runaway jury pile on punitive damages? For whatever it’s worth, some website estimates publisher Jann Wenner’s net worth at $700 million. I just wanted to throw that out there.
We’ve had a lot of rape accusations involving college football and basketball players over the years, but the players seldom look like Haven Monahan, so media attention has been tepid. After all, when, say, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback on the national championship football team is accused of raping a coed, is that really a very interesting news story? Who really wants to read about rape charges against football players at Florida State, USC, Notre Dame, or Navy? I mean, do liberals want to read about blacks raping whites? Do conservatives want to read about how maybe big time college football isn’t such a hot idea? (The easiest way to win as a recruiter is by scraping the bottom of the academic and criminal behavior barrels harder than the other coaches dare to unleash on campus.)
But how does all this push the Hunt for the Great White Defendant? That’s the important thing, right?
In contrast, rape accusations against college lacrosse players were massive national news, not because anybody cares about college lacrosse, but because lacrosse players tend to be white and the stripper and future murderer making up the charges was black.
Ace newshound Jon Krakauer, however, has finally solved the problem by finding a minor league, fairly white college football program in the middle of nowhere: the U. of Montana in Missoula, which plays in what used to be called Division I-AA along with Appalachian State, Eastern Washington, and other teams you probably don’t care about.
Granted, the news in Krakauer’s Missoula isn’t very new. The New York Times was more enthusiastic about covering the rape charge against the U. of Montana quarterback than it was for a long time in covering the rape charge against Florida St. Heisman trophy frontrunner Jameis Winston. The NYT ran three stories about the rape culture crisis at the U. of Montana tied to the allegations against the QB, but then had to run a fourth story noting that the quarterback had been acquitted after only 2.5 hours of deliberation. In fact, the prosecutor resigned in the middle of the case and joined the defense team.
So with the highest profile case in Missoula involving the quarterback turning into a dud, Krakauer fell back to writing about a second case involving a white football player, in which the jock was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. Which doesn’t sound like the system isn’t working …
And then Krakauer discovered that the rape rate in Missoula is below the national average, which was disappointing.
Did Krakauer ever use his journalistic skills to figure out why he shouldn’t have been surprised by the disproportion between the rape rate in Missoula and the intensity of New York Times and Time coverage? (Hint: Missoula is a mostly white town, so it’s more both more law-abiding and more likely to attract the Eye of Sauron.)
But the point is that we can finally obsess over a bunch of Haven Monahan-lookalike rapist football players, so Krakauer’s publisher has printed up 500,000 copies and rushed it into print to counter the UVA fallout. Krakauer explained to NPR:
The Rolling Stone fiasco really discouraged me. You know, I have written for Rolling Stone; these are good people.
No, they are not.
It’s a good magazine, and how they could have made so many blunders, this cascade of easily avoidable mistakes. …
I guess it will just have to remain one of those insoluble mysteries, Jon.
The sad thing is there’s a lot of doubters and haters out there who think women lie about rape and, you know, there isn’t a problem, and this is ammunition for them. And you know, the fact that my book was rushed into print — it originally wasn’t going to come out until next fall but my publisher and I decided, in part because of the Rolling Stone mess, that it’d be a good time to show this book …
One of the University of Virginia’s proudest features is an Honor Code that extends far beyond simply academic cheating to holding UVA students to high standards of personal behavior. It’s a holdover from the Virginian tradition of gentlemanly conduct that provided America with individuals such George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, and George C. Marshall. Not surprisingly, Sabrina Rubin Erdely of Rolling Stone found Virginia’s Honor Code highly repugnant.
It’s hard to imagine a more flagrant violation of the UVA Honor Code than Jackie Coakley’s slanderous hoax that she repeatedly perpetuated from age 18 through 20. She began by elaborately concocting electronic evidence for a dream date suitor she called Haven Monahan to entrap a freshman boy named Ryan in a unwanted romantic relationship. When she failed to make Ryan jealous, she invented a horrifying story of sexual abuse. But Ryan only slept on her floor that night, along with another male friend, rather than comfort her one on one.
The next semester, Jackie used her gang rape story on Dean Nicole Eramo as an excuse for her bad grades, later exposing Dean Eramo to a national campaign of personal vilification. Coakley then joined a support group and lied repeatedly to her fellow coeds. She became a minor campus celebrity in the feminist racket. She repeated her preposterous story, specifying one particular fraternity, to yellow journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely, causing a mob of Social Justice Warriors to carry out a Kristallnacht on that frat house.
She brought nationwide vilification down upon her fellow students at UVA.
A University of Virginia fraternity will not pursue an honor code violation against a student who told Rolling Stone for a story that has since been retracted that several brothers gang-raped her during a party, a spokesman said.
Virginia has the oldest student-run honor code in the country, which prohibits lying, cheating and stealing. Those who are found guilty of violations by a panel of students are faced with a single penalty: expulsion.
Rolling Stone based much of its November article on the account of a person identified only as “Jackie,” a U.Va. student who said she suffered a brutal sexual assault at the hands of seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house at a party her first year at the school in 2012.
Phi Kappa Psi has said it is exploring legal action against Rolling Stone, but not against Jackie.
“From the fraternity’s perspective, this is about reckless reporting, careless editing, poor fact-checking and a negligent legal review,” fraternity spokesman Brian Ellis wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
… The reporter interviewed Jackie eight times and a fact-checker spent four hours on the phone, with both finding the story plausible. …
At U.Va., the definition of lying entails “the misrepresentation of one or more facts in order to gain a benefit or harm another person, where the actor knows or should know that the misrepresentation will be relied upon by another person.”
In other words, Jackie lied countless times to slander fellow UVA students. I used to assume that she had some serious problems involving delusions, but the evidence is clear now that she lied over and over for rational reasons of gaining various petty advantages for herself, like trying to snag a handsome boyfriend, getting out trouble for bad grades, being a star on campus in today’s anti-straight white male atmosphere of hate, and becoming a quasi-national celebrity on campus.
Any student or faculty member could bring an honor code complaint against Jackie, and the school’s honor committee regularly works to get students to bring forward more complaints. So far, no one has brought such a complaint publicly against Jackie.
UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan should file Honor Code charges against Jackie Coakley in the name of all UVA students past and present.
Duke Wins One for the Man
The Blue Devils beat Wisconsin for the national title, and college basketball’s blue bloods come out on top once again
Haven Monahan, a.k.a. “Grayson Allen”
BY MICHAEL WEINREB April 7, 2015
Here are a couple of things I learned about Grayson Allen by perusing his bio on the Duke basketball website: He graduated cum laude (of course he did) from something called the Providence School, a place that defines itself on its own website as not just Christian, but “boldly Christian,” in case you enjoy your Bible study with a side of audaciousness.
Grayson Allen is only a freshman, but I imagine Duke’s 68-63 NCAA championship victory over Wisconsin on Monday night won’t be the last time he annoys the hell out of a national audience, because with a name and a biography like Grayson Allen’s, how can he be anything but the latest in a long line of Duke guards who appear to have been genetically engineered to get under America’s skin?
I already dislike Grayson Allen (a bit player for the Blue Devils all season who put up 16 points last night), and as I write this, I’ve known who he is for about an hour. I already want to see him fail in some publicly humiliating fashion, merely because of the uniform he is wearing. He is every over-entitled, Izod-clad jerk I’ve ever come across in a bar, and I want him to spill his celebratory sparking cider.
Is that overly harsh? Well, screw it. I can’t help it right now, Grayson. I’m caught up in the moment. …
And can we talk, for a second, about how Duke’s freshmen – including the aforementioned Grayson Allen, who will no doubt be a vice president at Morgan Stanley someday, if he so desires – scored every single point in the second half for the Blue Devils?
… The Grayson Allens of the world will always win.
Student activist who led vandalism attack on Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house says he has no regrets
By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro – The Washington Times – Sunday, December 21, 2014
In the wee morning hours after Rolling Stone’s now-retracted gang rape story roiled the University of Virginia campus, a masked group of five women and three men unleashed their fury on the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the center of the controversy.
Bottles and bricks were tossed through nearly every first-floor window, sending shards of glass and crashing sounds into the house around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 20.
Profane, hate messages such as “F—k Boys” were spray-painted on the walls of the colonial facade, along with anti-sexual assault epithets such as “suspend us,” and “UVA Center for Rape Studies.”
The Charlottesville, Virginia, police blotter unmistakably describes the attack as a crime. “Vandalism and destruction of property,” it reads.
Felony charges also could be attached because the crime involved throwing dangerous objects into a private dwelling and because the damage may total over $1,000. It’s unclear how many fraternity brothers were in the house at the time.
Yet more than a month after the attack, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. The fraternity house, its shattered windows now boarded with plywood, remains vacant. Like the Ferguson riots, there has been little accountability for those who perpetrated violence in the name of protest.
Police and prosecutors declined to say whether or when they might make arrests in the attack on the fraternity house.
Yet finding a student willing to admit his or her role as well as eyewitnesses who saw the group conduct the attack was relatively easy for a Washington Times reporter who spent two days on campus. After all, a witness who found a cellphone at the scene he believed belonged to a perpetrator gave the device to police.
The witness, who spoke to The Times only on the condition of anonymity because of fears of retaliation, said the cellphone had a text message from a second person he believed also participated in the attack. “That was exhilarating,” the message said.
After finding witnesses, cellphone information and social media postings bragging about the attack, The Times tracked down a male student identified by witnesses as a possible leader of the attack. The student agreed to talk to The Times only on the condition that his name wasn’t published, saying he didn’t want police to find him.
Is America like Nazi Germany, where mobs can smash windows of the disprivileged with impunity?
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