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Usually liberals have the decency to wait a few months after one of their rape fantasies collapses to start citing the case as "unresolved"—it was a tie, the game was rained out, we'll never know what happened.
But with the apocryphal University of Virginia gang rape, lefties started in right away with the "I guess we'll never know what happened" rewrite.
Just last week, the Columbia Journalism Review
released the results
of a months-long investigation into Rolling Stone
's story about a violent fraternity gang rape
at UVA. As you will recall, the CJR
found that the magazine had based its entire story on the delusions of one girl
, who freaked out every time the alleged
reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely
, [Email her
] tried to confirm a single fact.
As the CJR
described the reporter's investigative technique:
"Erdely asked Jackie for introductions to friends and family. She asked for text messages to confirm parts of Jackie's account, for records from Jackie's employment at the aquatic center and for health records. She even asked to examine the bloodstained red dress Jackie said she had worn on the night she said she was attacked."
So as you can see, Erdely is a tough-minded journalist, who went the extra mile to nail down the truth. Yes, she ASKED for all this stuff.
And what did she get? Only this: Jackie produced her freshman-year suitemate who "confirmed"—in the words of the CJR
—"that in January 2013, four months after the alleged attack, Jackie had told her that she had been gang-raped."
Which part of Jackie's story does that corroborate? A few weeks ago, I claimed to have been raped by a unicorn
to see if I could get Charlottesville chief of police Timothy J. Longo
] to open a case on my unicorn attack, just as he did on Jackie's gang rape. So according to Rolling Stone
, I have about a million corroborating witnesses: everyone who read my column.
We know Jackie claimed to have been gang-raped! That wasn't the part that required confirmation.
Michelle Goldberg summarized the CJR
's report for the Nation magazine, saying, "After all this, it's still not clear whether Jackie, the woman at the center of the Rolling Stone
story, is a complete fabulist or a true rape victim who confused and exaggerated some elements of her story."
Not clear to whom? People with brain injuries? Some random Kardashian?
Similarly, one of Columbia's crack investigators said: "What happened to Jackie that night is a mystery."
Yes, it's a total mystery! Jackie might have had a pizza. She might have drafted more fake texts
from her fake boyfriend.
She might have gone for a walk or written poetry.
In fact, the only thing we know beyond a scintilla of a doubt about that night is that Jackie was not gang-raped at a fraternity party, which happens to be the only relevant fact about "what happened to Jackie that night."
The New York Times' Charles Blow
wrote a column on the CJR
report, suggesting that although this "one particular case" of a fraternity gang rape had been "shown to have flaws," the "overall condition that it illustrated holds true."
If the overall condition is true, I have a top-shelf idea for liberals: Next time, you guys should produce one of the real cases. I think it would make your argument stronger.
Always the last to know, Blow[Email him
]also defended Obama's nonsense claim
that 1 in 5 college women will be raped by citing a Washington Post
"Fact Checker" from May 1, 2014
, which merely called the figure "problematic"—a resounding confirmation of the statistic, as far as Blow was concerned.
Unfortunately for Blow, about six months after the Post's
fact check, that rating got downgraded
to "utter B.S.," when Eric Holder's Justice Department released a study
of nearly the past decade of crime statistics, finding
that 0.61 percent of college students are victims of sexual assault, not 20 percent. That makes it .03 in 5, not 1 in 5.
In another six months, the Times
will pretend to have missed the entire CJR
report and go back to citing the UVA fraternity gang rape as proof that we are in the midst of a college rape epidemic.
At least Erdely has the excuse of being a not-terribly-bright, standard lefty with all the usual prejudices, who wanted to write bad-ass journalism at Rolling Stone
and ended up producing worthless crap.
The New York Times
is the "newspaper of record"!
It publishes "the first draft of history"!
It's the gold standard of journalism!
The Washington Post
isn't a fair newspaper, but it isn't constantly falling for laughable hoaxes. To the contrary, the Post
was one of the first newspapers to establish
that Rolling Stone
's gang rape story was hogwash.
By contrast, the Times
began to consider the possibility that the UVA story was bunk ONLY after Rolling Stone
withdrew the article and the CJR
issued its official ruling.
And this wasn't the first time the paper hyped a fake rape story! The Times
was also a bitter-ender
on the non-existent gang rape by the Duke Lacrosse team
, waiting for the last dog to die before giving up the case. Even then, the Times
just stopped writing about it.
should be required to wear a criminal ankle bracelet for the rest of its days. Nothing the newspaper writes about that touches on a feminist issue can be believed. Responsible people have got to say to the Times
, I'm sorry, this is a feminist topic: You've got to recuse yourself from writing about it.
Even the Times
would have to admit: You're right. We've got a problem. We'll stop writing about campus rape, military rape, equal pay, sexism, the Augusta National Golf Club and Hillary Clinton.
It's unfortunate that it's come to this, but it's the Times'
own fault. When it comes to feminist fantasies, no one can believe anything
the newspaper of record says.Ann Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. She is the author of TEN New York Times bestsellers—collect them here.Her most recent book is Never Trust a Liberal Over Three-Especially a Republican.Her new book, ¡Adios America! The Left’s Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hell Hole, will be released on June 1, 2015.