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A friend of mine called on December 10, the day of T. Rees Shapiro’s hilarious but occluded article in the Washington Post documenting that the UVA broken glass gang rape story was a catfishing hoax, to warn:

Months from now, if someone on a cable show should refer to the Rolling Stone story as a hoax, Joan Walsh will then be able to do a spit take, and remind the panel that the case was never really resolved, Jackie was discouraged from coming forward and so on, and how anyone can say it was a “hoax” is simply beyond her. This is how these things always end, with no price paid by the guilty.

From NPR yesterday, more than a month after the hoax came crashing down:

U.Va. Reinstates Fraternity Accused In ‘Rolling Stone’ Rape Story
JANUARY 12, 2015 3:26 PM ET
SAM SANDERS

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the center of a disputed Rolling Stone account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia has been reinstated, according to a statement released on the school’s website Monday.

In announcing the news, the university said police in that Charlottesville, Va., haven’t been able to confirm accusations involving the fraternity in the November 2014 article. Charlottesville police Capt. Gary Pleasants told The Associated Press that authorities are still working on the case.

“The statement reads that we did not find any substantive basis to confirm the allegations occurred at Phi Kappa Psi, not that we said the assault did not occur,” Pleasants said. “We are still investigating.”

The Rolling Stone article centered on a student who said she had been gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi house in 2012, but the magazine has since retracted the story, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is now conducting a review of the entire piece.

In late November, the university banned all fraternities on campus until Jan. 9th. Last week, University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan announced new safety protocols for fraternities and sororities at U.Va.

In the university’s statement reinstating the fraternity, Sullivan said, “We welcome Phi Kappa Psi, and we look forward to working with all fraternities and sororities in enhancing and promoting a safe environment for all.”

The President of the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi, Stephen Scipone, was also quoted in that statement as saying, “In today’s 24-hour news cycle, we must guard against a rush to judgment as we often don’t have all of the facts in front of us.”

He continued:

“We believe that in the midst of this ordeal, there is an opportunity to move forward with important safety improvements. This has prompted us to take a closer look at ourselves and what role organizations like ours may play in this problem. It’s opened all of our eyes to the problem of sexual assault.

“Now it’s time to do something about it. As a fraternity, we are going to continue discussing that need in the coming weeks.”

Rolling Stone published a statement in December, saying the magazine should have worked harder to get “the other side of the story.” And as NPR previously reported: “On Dec. 5, after doubts were raised about the article, Rolling Stone walked back some of the assertions in the story, and it said it had ‘come to the conclusion that our trust in [Jackie] was misplaced.’ The magazine later deleted that line, saying the mistakes in the story “are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie.”

Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism has not indicated when its review of the piece would be complete but did say that Rolling Stone agreed to publish the report in full on its website.

So, says NPR, some technical mistakes were clearly made but the police are still investigating and nobody is using the word catfish or the name Haven Monahan. So nothing to see here, just move along.

 
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  1. A bit cheap of Rolling Stones to blame Jackie tbh, it’s entirely their fault as they chose to run with her story.

  2. Why no ‘consequences’ for Teresa Sullivan and others at UVA. Clearly Sullivan actions against the fraternity were premature and based on nothing but her own bigotry. Imagine if, instead of Phi Kappa Psi, the ( false) accusation had been made against UVA’s football team and Sullivan had taken similar actions against the team. I think everyone knows Sullivan would have been fired but pushing around a fraternity is a lot easier than pushing around the ACC and NCAA!

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @unit472

    I think you are not giving the best example. Imagine that based upon Jackie's accusations of gang rape occurring on their premises by their members, not only the Black Student Union but all racial minority clubs had been banned from campus (I know it's impossible to imagine that anyone would take such a racist action to begin with, but bear with me). Imagine then that Jackie's accusations were then revealed as a hoax and that she was not really gang-raped by a group of black men (imagine in fact that the slightest flaw or inconsistency was revealed in her story - that for example that one of the gloves left behind by her attackers did not appear to fit him). How long would Sullivan have lasted in those circumstances? Would the minority student clubs be required to sign up for "reforms" based upon such false accusations or would the entire exercise be regarded as irreparably tainted by prejudice?

    , @markflag
    @unit472

    Sullivan was already fired once but reinstated. The third time may be the charm.

  3. I don’t think we can say for sure whether or not Ukrainian boys were ritually sacrificed so that their blood could be baked into Passover matza. New evidence still might be discovered.

    Anyway, the local Jewish villagers did need to reform, and so the pogroms did teach them good lessons.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Mike Sylwester

    LOL!

    , @jeyi
    @Mike Sylwester

    Again the Joooos! Why is always about the Joooos?

    , @josh
    @Mike Sylwester

    Ummm...I think some of those incidents really did happen.

    Replies: @Jack D

  4. Off Topic, but might be useful for Steve’s sporadic coverage of Swedish immigration.

    http://www.swedensmostwanted.se/ lists the mugshots of all warrants for arrests by Interpol concerning Sweden. The site is probably biased in some way, but still amusing. The nazi crime lords that secretely runs Swedish society per Stieg Larsson are conspicously absent, thereby proving their pervasive influence.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @FRJ

    Thanks, I'll post this.

    Steve

  5. NPR similarly covered itself with glory in the case of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Hoax, back in 2007. In case any of their reporters would enjoy a trip down memory lane, here is one of K.C. Johnson’s accounts of their reporting.

    At that time, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper took the honorable step of declaring the lacrosse hoax’s victims innocent. Quite a counterpoint to NPR’s boringly weaselly description of Haven Monahan and his fraternity accomplices being not provably guilty because who really knows yawn zzzzzzz.

    The Fourth Estate, standing up fearlessly for truth and justice. Without NPR, how would we even know what the Politburo wants us to think?

  6. The Colorado Springs NAACP thing is another fascinating one. The Google Earth evidence has just been brushed aside like it doesn’t exist.

    No evidence that anything happened at all, but now we’ve got an FBI sketch of the “suspect,” a $10,000 reward, headlines around the world, etc. Strange times.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    @Grink


    The Colorado Springs NAACP thing is another fascinating one. The Google Earth evidence has just been brushed aside like it doesn’t exist.
     
    I saw one article that acknowledged the Google Earth evidence, but it went on to explain that debris from an explosive had scattered across the grass and into a neighboring yard. No description of the debris was given.
  7. Remember Haven Monahan!

  8. NPR is such a soothing cocoon of liberal pieties. Everything is carefully shaped to not challenge or discomfit the intellectually upper-crust liberal. The discerning liberal can count on every story to be exactly as expected.

    It is interesting to notice how NPR has evolved over time. It’s tone has become quite elderly. Much less righteous indignation calling us to storm the ramparts. Much more soothing and pre-chewed morsels so as not to tax our digestion too much. It has become a combination of a liberal country-club and a liberal retirement home.

  9. They are just stalling for time at this point (and shamelessly trying to consolidate gains while some shred of ambiguity remains). Eventually, the police and CJR are both (no matter how biased they are) going to have to fess up that there is not one bit of credible evidence that any assault whatsoever occurred.

    The frats are wimps for agreeing to go along with these “reforms” in response to a hoax during this window, but the procedures agreed to are largely window dressing anyway and do not fundamentally alter their right to serve alcohol. It’s really amazing though how “feminists” haven’t really thought of anything new since Carrie Nation. After the end of nationwide Prohibition, in some states there were rearguard actions where various dumb restrictions were imposed on alcohol sales – you had to belong to a “club” or could not sell mixed drinks, etc. Naturally, these did nothing to actually discourage alcohol consumption but cause people to despise their rulers and their petty nonsense.

  10. CBS radio also wanted a hand in curing the cement of this story. In its top of the hour news last week it said Rolling Stone’s account had irregularities. I suppose we’re to remember its Dan Rather story of W’s sign-up as having what—grammar errors?

  11. Charlottesville police Capt. Gary Pleasants told The Associated Press that authorities are still working on the case.

    And the FBI still is investigating the possibility of charging George Zimmerman with violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.

  12. Oh, Steve, don’t be so cynical! I’m sure when the Columbia School of Journalism’s Todd Gitlin III finally puts out the authoritative report on the ROLLING STONE story in 2057 and is then immediately attacked by noted playwright Hayat Trayvon Kushner (Tony Kushner’s 2nd generation transgendered clone) reader comments in the NEW YORK TIMES will run 3-1 in favor of Gitlin’s version of events- upon which comments will be immediately closed.

  13. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    NPR promotes the likes of Masha Gessen, another liar.

    When Pussy Riot attacked and desecrated a Russian church, the Jewish-dominated NPR spun it as Putin and Church attacks the Pussy Riot.

    It’s like US-backed Georgia began the aggression in South Ossetia, but the media turned it into Russia invades Georgia.

    Even though Jackie and Rolling Stone did wrong to a UVA fraternity, NPR and NYT either pretends nothing went wrong or it was just some ho-hum accident or misunderstanding or mistake.

    • Replies: @Scotty G. Vito
    @Anon

    It really must be depressing for Vlad he's still having to take questions about this Pussy group, what, like 3 years later? That & the whole oil shock thing

  14. Again, no journalist who keeps the flames of the “Great UVA Fraternity Rape Incident” alive will ever lose their job for having done so.

    It does not matter how absurd the “Dead Parroting” becomes. In fact the more skillful and audacious one becomes at “Dead Parroting” the more esteemed one will become in the eyes of one’s colleagues and the CMM journalism community.

    Case book examples of defending the most cherished tenets of Political Correctness means scaling the highest rungs of the CMM ladder.

    Victor Navasky; former editor of the Nation, literally the last man on earth to seriously argue that the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss were framed, recent job chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review

    Nicholas Lemann; leading crusader against all things having to do with IQ testing, opposition to Affirmative Action and the discussion of the Bell Curve, former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218

  15. @unit472
    Why no 'consequences' for Teresa Sullivan and others at UVA. Clearly Sullivan actions against the fraternity were premature and based on nothing but her own bigotry. Imagine if, instead of Phi Kappa Psi, the ( false) accusation had been made against UVA's football team and Sullivan had taken similar actions against the team. I think everyone knows Sullivan would have been fired but pushing around a fraternity is a lot easier than pushing around the ACC and NCAA!

    Replies: @Jack D, @markflag

    I think you are not giving the best example. Imagine that based upon Jackie’s accusations of gang rape occurring on their premises by their members, not only the Black Student Union but all racial minority clubs had been banned from campus (I know it’s impossible to imagine that anyone would take such a racist action to begin with, but bear with me). Imagine then that Jackie’s accusations were then revealed as a hoax and that she was not really gang-raped by a group of black men (imagine in fact that the slightest flaw or inconsistency was revealed in her story – that for example that one of the gloves left behind by her attackers did not appear to fit him). How long would Sullivan have lasted in those circumstances? Would the minority student clubs be required to sign up for “reforms” based upon such false accusations or would the entire exercise be regarded as irreparably tainted by prejudice?

  16. “The Colorado Springs NAACP thing is another fascinating one. The Google Earth evidence has just been brushed aside like it doesn’t exist.

    No evidence that anything happened at all, but now we’ve got an FBI sketch of the “suspect,” a $10,000 reward, headlines around the world, etc. Strange times.”

    Is it true about the rumors that George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson have moved to Colorado Springs ? Maybe the FBI should question them on where they were on the night of the bombing, lol.

  17. @Grink
    The Colorado Springs NAACP thing is another fascinating one. The Google Earth evidence has just been brushed aside like it doesn't exist.

    No evidence that anything happened at all, but now we've got an FBI sketch of the "suspect," a $10,000 reward, headlines around the world, etc. Strange times.

    Replies: @ben tillman

    The Colorado Springs NAACP thing is another fascinating one. The Google Earth evidence has just been brushed aside like it doesn’t exist.

    I saw one article that acknowledged the Google Earth evidence, but it went on to explain that debris from an explosive had scattered across the grass and into a neighboring yard. No description of the debris was given.

  18. @unit472
    Why no 'consequences' for Teresa Sullivan and others at UVA. Clearly Sullivan actions against the fraternity were premature and based on nothing but her own bigotry. Imagine if, instead of Phi Kappa Psi, the ( false) accusation had been made against UVA's football team and Sullivan had taken similar actions against the team. I think everyone knows Sullivan would have been fired but pushing around a fraternity is a lot easier than pushing around the ACC and NCAA!

    Replies: @Jack D, @markflag

    Sullivan was already fired once but reinstated. The third time may be the charm.

  19. This just in: Sailer still doesn’t understand the transitive verb use of “catfish”

  20. @Anon
    NPR promotes the likes of Masha Gessen, another liar.

    When Pussy Riot attacked and desecrated a Russian church, the Jewish-dominated NPR spun it as Putin and Church attacks the Pussy Riot.

    It's like US-backed Georgia began the aggression in South Ossetia, but the media turned it into Russia invades Georgia.

    Even though Jackie and Rolling Stone did wrong to a UVA fraternity, NPR and NYT either pretends nothing went wrong or it was just some ho-hum accident or misunderstanding or mistake.

    Replies: @Scotty G. Vito

    It really must be depressing for Vlad he’s still having to take questions about this Pussy group, what, like 3 years later? That & the whole oil shock thing

  21. It is interesting to notice how NPR has evolved over time. It’s tone has become quite elderly. Much less righteous indignation calling us to storm the ramparts. Much more soothing and pre-chewed morsels so as not to tax our digestion too much.

    Which makes them perfectly in synch with their listeners. Seriously, I’ve never heard of a black or Latino person listening to NPR. For that matter, I don’t think ANYONE under the age of 40 bothers with them either. It’s a stronghold of aging hippies even more so than PBS. A place where they can retreat to while they still have money to throw around.

  22. @Mike Sylwester
    I don't think we can say for sure whether or not Ukrainian boys were ritually sacrificed so that their blood could be baked into Passover matza. New evidence still might be discovered.

    Anyway, the local Jewish villagers did need to reform, and so the pogroms did teach them good lessons.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @jeyi, @josh

    LOL!

  23. @Mike Sylwester
    I don't think we can say for sure whether or not Ukrainian boys were ritually sacrificed so that their blood could be baked into Passover matza. New evidence still might be discovered.

    Anyway, the local Jewish villagers did need to reform, and so the pogroms did teach them good lessons.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @jeyi, @josh

    Again the Joooos! Why is always about the Joooos?

  24. Somebody please make up and sell some “Je suis Haven” buttons in C-ville. I am sure some fraternity brothers might want to replicate the button-chic of Amal Clooney (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2905984/Helen-Mirren-takes-stand-against-terrorists-Golden-Globes-attack-French-magazine-Charlie-Hebdo.html).

  25. @Mike Sylwester
    I don't think we can say for sure whether or not Ukrainian boys were ritually sacrificed so that their blood could be baked into Passover matza. New evidence still might be discovered.

    Anyway, the local Jewish villagers did need to reform, and so the pogroms did teach them good lessons.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @jeyi, @josh

    Ummm…I think some of those incidents really did happen.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @josh

    Really? Which ones? Do you believe Jackie too?

  26. I think the rev. sharpton needs to go to Colorado and light a fire under the investigation. Clearly the only cause of this explosion and the resulting devastation is white privilege racism slavery trayvon. Black lies matter.

  27. Benjamin Franklin designed one of the 1st US coins, and instead of saying In God We Trust, it said Mind Your Business:

    https://twitter.com/HistoricalPics/status/554518148213637120

  28. @josh
    @Mike Sylwester

    Ummm...I think some of those incidents really did happen.

    Replies: @Jack D

    Really? Which ones? Do you believe Jackie too?

  29. Semi-off-topic, shall we try to commandeer the word “survivor”, whose primary use now seems to be to denote a person who has been through something which is not actually life-threatening?

    One example springs to mind: Matt Yglesias is a diversity survivor, or a multiculturalism survivor.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    @Rob


    Semi-off-topic, shall we try to commandeer the word “survivor”, whose primary use now seems to be to denote a person who has been through something which is not actually life-threatening?
     
    Rob?

    As in Rob Konrad?

    , @ogunsiron
    @Rob

    I'm totally in favor of making the lefty SJW magic words meaningless.
    I've been using "catcalling survivor" and "manspreading survivor". I'm also a big fan of "enact the labor" as in "I'm not even going to bother enacting the labor of explaining to you what intersectionality is!"

  30. @anon

    What’s this about Pussy Riot? You say they “attacked and desecrated” the church. I checked Wikipedia and it just says that they punched the air while wearing balaclavas. Perhaps I should also check the discussion page, but I hate doing that. The actual crime they were charged with gets translated as “hooliganism” – possibly that doesn’t sound so disturbingly vague in the original Russian?

  31. @FRJ
    Off Topic, but might be useful for Steve's sporadic coverage of Swedish immigration.

    http://www.swedensmostwanted.se/ lists the mugshots of all warrants for arrests by Interpol concerning Sweden. The site is probably biased in some way, but still amusing. The nazi crime lords that secretely runs Swedish society per Stieg Larsson are conspicously absent, thereby proving their pervasive influence.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Thanks, I’ll post this.

    Steve

  32. “Months from now, if someone on a cable show should refer to the Rolling Stone story as a hoax, Joan Walsh will then be able to do a spit take, and remind the panel that the case was never really resolved, Jackie was discouraged from coming forward and so on, and how anyone can say it was a “hoax” is simply beyond her.”

    Per Joan Walsh’s far lefist and uber-feminst perspective, wonder if she has any legitimate imaginary connection to Obama’s imaginary son(s)?

  33. “Jackie was discouraged from coming forward and so on”

    Unless Jackie’s so called “rapists” have ties to an organized crime group that can make her disappear and bury her body somewhere in the desert like in Martin Scorsese’s “Casino”, why would she be afraid of coming forward ? That is what I would tell a Liberal who still believes that Jackie was actually raped.

  34. @Rob
    Semi-off-topic, shall we try to commandeer the word "survivor", whose primary use now seems to be to denote a person who has been through something which is not actually life-threatening?

    One example springs to mind: Matt Yglesias is a diversity survivor, or a multiculturalism survivor.

    Replies: @ben tillman, @ogunsiron

    Semi-off-topic, shall we try to commandeer the word “survivor”, whose primary use now seems to be to denote a person who has been through something which is not actually life-threatening?

    Rob?

    As in Rob Konrad?

  35. The long knives are out for UVa. It is time to turn the old girl into a whore for the Northern industrialists.
    Next to the old first year dorms is a cemetery and the inscription underneath the soldier reads, “Confederate dead”
    “Fate denied them victory but crowned them with glorious immortality”
    Our narrators screech “What blasphemy! Can’t they dig up these grey guys and put them under the Walmart parking lot?”
    This wandering from the polite Narrative, sets the media’s teeth on edge. Also the fact that Richard Spencer, Taki, Rich Lowry and a few more heresiarchs went there. Does Brit Hume count?

  36. @Rob
    Semi-off-topic, shall we try to commandeer the word "survivor", whose primary use now seems to be to denote a person who has been through something which is not actually life-threatening?

    One example springs to mind: Matt Yglesias is a diversity survivor, or a multiculturalism survivor.

    Replies: @ben tillman, @ogunsiron

    I’m totally in favor of making the lefty SJW magic words meaningless.
    I’ve been using “catcalling survivor” and “manspreading survivor”. I’m also a big fan of “enact the labor” as in “I’m not even going to bother enacting the labor of explaining to you what intersectionality is!”

  37. Steve-
    This is pretty far afield (not quite off-topic, but tangentially topical).

    It occurred to me (upon reading a Drudge headline about NASA supposedly suppressing a live feed when an UFO was shown). Do the kinds of things you investigate (UVA rape hoax, real crime statistics, etc etc-in essence, your whole project of ‘noticing’) support the possibility of conspiracy theories?

    In other words, here is the traditional (and in my mind, until recently, pretty reasonable) interpretation of conspiracy theories: they are not true because so many people would have to be in on it, and you couldn’t stop squealers. Fake Moon landings? No way. Too many people (engineers, secretaries, photographers, etc) would have to be in on it. Aliens at Area 51? Same thing. JFK assassination? CIA agents, live witnesses, journalists, and so on. In each case, someone would squeal, and let the beans out, and the whole conspiracy would be exposed to the world.

    But your whole project disavows this viewpoint. It is not enough for someone to spill the beans: that someone has to be ‘listened to’, and his views have to be repeated or exposed-in essence, someone in power has to allow those views to be said by someone in power.

    Your whole project involves discussing things that are self-evidently true but that people in polite society just don’t say. IQ? Of course there are racial differences. Anyone with any experience interacting with people knows this to be true. Anyone who has ever taken a standardized test, or uses standardized tests in some way, knows this to be true. And yet, simply stating this publicly is professional suicide or social sanction.

    Healthy response to black crime? The National Review fires people for expressing what every human being in the country thinks and does about it (I think it was Derbyshire, but I get some names mixed up over there).

    1 in 3 coeds are raped at college? This is self-evidently absurd. Yet it is not merely repeated: it is used to shape national policy, and publicly questioning it would actually be professionally difficult for anyone employed at a college campus.

    And so on and so on.

    So arguing that faked moon landings, or a JFK assassination conspiracy, or Bigfoot, or real UFOs aren’t plausible because, somehow, the truth always comes out doesn’t make sense. In fact, the opposite is true: given what we know about how society shapes information, it appears that conspiracy theories are essentially unknowable. It seems entirely plausible that someone, or some few, could control the public’s access to information with regard to key events-whether there are witnesses, or video, or recordings, or not.*

    Note: this isn’t arguing that any particular conspiracy theory is true: it is arguing that any particular conspiracy theory is plausible.

    joeyjoejoe

    *Another current example: there is a former marine guard at Guantanamo claiming that three particular prisoners were murdered (I think he wrote a book-I just read an article about him in the last day or two). The powers that be say he’s wrong, that his duties kept him outside the gates where he couldn’t see, etc etc. But really, who knows?

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