"Among the first to perceive cracks in the façade of Rolling Stone’s piece on campus gang rape was editor Richard Bradley. On Nov. 24, days before The Washington Post reported problems with the piece and Rolling Stone confessed its failings, Bradley said he smelled something fishy. “I’m not convinced that this gang rape actually happened,” he wrote. “Something about this story doesn’t feel right.”" - The Washington PostThe damage was done the day the story was published. Just like the incident in Ferguson, once the lie was loose it couldn't be contained. The mob had formed and the eventual revelation that the original reporting was factually incorrect has done little to quiet the clamor. In her December 8th article in The Guardian radical feminist, Jessica Valenti completely ignores the presumption of innocence that is key to our nation of laws.
"There’s not a lot we know about Jackie, not really. She’s a third-year student at the University of Virginia who says that, when she was 18 and in her first year of college, she was raped by a group of fraternity men."Valenti doesn't say the men raped Jackie but repeats Jackie's accusation as if it were fact. The title of the article "Who is Jackie? Rolling Stone's rape story is about a person – and I believe her." Why does Miss Valenti believe Jackie? Did she talk to the supposed victim? It appears not. Jackie's story is simply consistent with what Valenti wishes to believe and perpetuate about men.
"I choose to believe Jackie. I lose nothing by doing so, even if I’m later proven wrong – but at least I will still be able to sleep at night for having stood by a young woman who may have been through an awful trauma."Jessica could care less that hundreds of men have been treated as if they were guilty. Their fraternities shut down just upon an anonymous accusation. The hateful bitch isn't going to lose any sleep over that. No one has said that Jackie was lying but there are principles at stake. Not the least of which is that of the accused to face his accuser. There's is no maybe about the damage done to Phi Kappa Psi and its members.
Thomas Sowell has written an excellent piece at Town Hall addressing both Ferguson and the UVA rape story. Sowell skillfully articulates the common thread connecting both stories.
"A generation that jumps to conclusions on the basis of its own emotions, or succumbs to the passions or rhetoric of others, deserves to lose the freedom that depends on the rule of law." - Thomas SowellHow many times will the American public allow itself to be conned by a corrupt media? Benghazi anyone? Duke Lacrosse? It should be clear to anyone with a functional brain that the media in this country, long ago, moved from reporting the news to crafting the news to fit an agenda. These people, who are not elected, are running the show. And they are getting away with it because there are so many people who so deeply wish to believe the worst in others that they are willing to pass judgment despite the facts.
I cannot, so easily, pass judgment on others. That there is hate in the heart of some people, I cannot deny. My experience says that the media is tapping into something other than hate, the most plentiful product of the Obama administration, discontent.
The Other McCain has further details.