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Rolling Stone & UVA Rape Hoax: Why The Media Keeps Bullshitting You – It’s For Your Own Good

The internet is in an uproar over a rape hoax story. The gist of it is that Rolling Stone author published an article about a UVA Fraternity that had an initiation ritual involving gangrape and broken beer bottles. The story was ran with a minimum of fact checking, despite the fact that the author went through a great deal of searching to find a victim who would tell the right kind of rape story:


Magazine writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely knew she wanted to write about sexual assaults at an elite university. What she didn’t know was which university.

So, for six weeks starting in June, Erdely interviewed students from across the country. She talked to people at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. None of those schools felt quite right. But one did: the University of Virginia, a public school, Southern and genteel, brimming with what Erdely calls “super-smart kids” and steeped in the legacy of its founder, Thomas Jefferson.


There was no doubt that she could find rapes that happen on campus, they just weren’t the right kind of rapes. She needed something that hit all of the cognitive biases of her audience in order to tell the right kind of story. Journalists like Sabrina Erdely are working around the clock to destroy what little credibility their left-wing publishers had left by valuing sensemaking over investigation.


Journalists now exist to serve as advocates for causes, not as eyewitnesses to report events to the public. And like any good advocate, they will not willingly surrender any ground that would threaten the advancement of their cause. The difference between this type of journalism and actual advocacy journalism is that they are not transparent in their advocacy, they hide behind objectivity to cloak their propaganda. These advocates rarely concern themselves with taking on actual rape cultures that create things like the Rotherham abuse scandal. That would be dangerous and actually disrupt the status quo. Instead they are concerned with furthering the status quo from positions of power in the established media while wearing the guise of rebels.


To quote the assistant editor of the Rolling Stone hoax story:

Ultimately, though, from where I sit in Charlottesville, to let fact checking define the narrative would be a huge mistake.


In other words, hastily put together propaganda without a sliver of evidence of fact checking. More time was spent looking for someone to tell the right kind of story than was spent fact checking the story. Media outlets initially avoided publishing any op-eds that would contradict the Rolling Stone story, it wasn’t until a blog post went viral that retractions were made. Rolling Stone has since put out up an apology, then redacted and put up an edited apology. It’s worth noting that Sabrina has been writing for Rolling Stone for years and this is not the first time discrepancies have been noted in her articles.


Fun fact of the day, trust in media is at an all time low in America:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

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