The Rolling Stone Rape Hoax

Rolling Stone blew it. We’ve known that for a while, and the Columbia School of Journalism report points out some of the failures at the Journalism 101 level. However, it doesn’t explain why such stupid mistakes were made. John Hinderaker at Powerline takes a look at why the magazine would make such errors.

So don’t be surprised next time Rolling Stone, or any other liberal publication, gets a story wrong. These journalists’ biases are set in stone. We and many others have revealed them countless times, and liberal bias has led to countless errors and embarrassments. But such setbacks don’t faze the social justice warriors who went into journalism to further the left-wing narrative.

Read the whole thing.

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone

When Dr. Hook recorded the song by Shel Silverstein, he probably didn’t have a wanted poster in mind.

All I have to say about the Rolling Stone rape fiasco is to note that fact checking is important. I’ve recently successfully defended myself in a defamation case because the facts were on my side and the plaintiff could not show that anything I had published was false.

I doubt that the Rolling Stone will be able to mount a similar defense if sued by some of the persons mentioned in their story.