Rolling Stone Asks Columbia to Investigate its Botched UVA Rape Story

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Rolling Stone has asked Columbia University to figure out just how bad it f*cked up its UVA rape story.

As you probably recall, the magazine published a giant piece about a rape on UVA’s campus that was so badly reported we suggested a round of firings was in order.

Here is the full statement from publisher Jann Wenner:

In RS 1223, Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote about a brutal gang rape of a young woman named Jackie at a party in a University of Virginia frat house [“A Rape on Campus”]. Upon its publication, the article generated worldwide attention and praise for shining a light on the way the University of Virginia and many other colleges and universities across the nation have tried to sweep the issue of sexual assault on campus under the rug. Then, two weeks later, The Washington Post and other news outlets began to question Jackie’s account of the evening and the accuracy of Erdely’s reporting. Immediately, we posted a note on our website, disclosing the concerns. We have asked the Columbia Journalism School to conduct an independent review – headed by Dean Steve Coll and Dean of Academic Affairs Sheila Coronel – of the editorial process that led to the publication of this story. As soon as they are finished, we will publish their report.

The note will appear in Rolling Stone’s next print issue.

Publish date: December 22, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT