Frat to unleash legal hounds of hell on Rolling Stone for retracted rape article

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We can't believe we're actually siding with a college fraternity, but we don't blame the University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi chapter for wanting to sue the crap out of Rolling Stone.

The magazine officially retracted a November article alleging a gang rape at the PKP's university residence after the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism released a scathing report detailing numerous failures on the part of the freelancer who wrote the piece and Rolling Stone editors involved in the project.

It's pretty humiliating when you have to print stuff like this in your own publication:

Rolling Stone's repudiation of the main narrative in "A Rape on Campus" is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable. The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking.

Other than that, it was a pretty tight piece of work!

The subhead of the Rolling Stone piece linked above is "An anatomy of a journalistic failure." If the frat wins its lawsuit, it should require as part of the settlement that RS use that subhead as the tagline under the banner.
In the meantime, we probably should learn to rely on RS less for hard-hitting journalism and more for its coverage of news such as "Beyonce Shares New Piano Ballad 'Die With You' on Tidal." 

Assuming, of course, that it is Beyonce. 

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