Columbia University’s School of Journalism issued their findings in the case of the now infamous Rolling Stone UVA gang rape story. Their findings? Rolling Stone committed a “jounalistic failure” in producing the story.
Good to see Columbia stuck to their typically left-wing guns and gave Rolling Stone a pass.”Journalistic failure” implies – deliberately – that journalism was going on at Rolling Stone.
Journalism. Brings to mind images of big league newsrooms taking in the front-line reporting from dozens of beat reporters discerning the real story from the hype. That’s not what Rolling Stone was doing. Not at all.
Rolling Stone needed to fuel the idea that college campus rape was an epidemic. The cure of course was to be found in strict implementation of any number of progressive ideas. Shutting down fraternities – especially white ones – at top tier schools like UVA was in effect a stab at white privilege and young men.
Instead of journalism then, Rolling Stone engaged in propoganda as information purveyors frequently do these days in pushing a progressive agenda.
Had Columbia truly wished to sanction Rolling Stone they would have said as much. Portraying the publication of a fairy tale as a failure of journalistic processes allows Rolling Stone to continue pretending to represent journalism.
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