They Said That? 4/7/15

From Phi Kappa Psi, University of Virgina chapter, responding to a Columbia Journalism School examination of The Rolling Stone’s  journalistic standards and practices in connection with an article that falsely accused the fraternity of playing host to a gang rape of a woman named Jackie:

Rolling Stone Magazine admits its staff engaged in reckless behavior while covering this story, yet the magazine refuses to take any action against those involved in reporting the story or address needed changes to its editorial process. The reporter in question not only failed to apologize to members of Phi Kappa Psi, but doesn’t even acknowledge the three witnesses she quoted in the article but never interviewed. This is a clear and sad indication that the magazine is not serious about its journalistic obligations.

That’s a correct assessment. Columbia condemned many of the magazine’s actions and oversight, but Rolling Stone publisher Jann S. Wenner has said that no one will be fired because of the story. The fraternity is considering legal action. See also “He Said That? 1/14/15” SLL.

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