Rolling Stone Apologizes to its Readers

A Note to Our Readers











BY  To Our Readers:

Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled "A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house.  In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie's account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced, and come to think of it, our trust in a lot of people has been misplaced.  Namely, our reporters, contributors, and staff.

What were we thinking?  Aren't we supposed to be a publication that covers the music industry?  What did this (or many of the other bogus stories we published over the years) have to do with music?

It's not entirely our fault though.  What you readers thinking?  You actually believed the crap we published.  You even quoted us when we were dealing with subjects in which we had no idea what we were talking about.  Didn't you think that would go to our heads?  Why did you do that?  You wouldn't consider Field and Stream to be your go to source for electronics.  You wouldn't consider Hot Rod to be the ultimate source of information about women's apparel.  So why the hell did you ever think we had any expertise or credibility when it came to politics, the environment, or social issues?

We're a music magazine.  Who cares whether we're right or wrong when reporting about rock and rap stars?  What difference does it make?  This is at least half your fault, readers.  We would have never continued to dive into issues where we had absolutely no expertise or credibility if you had only complained more when we first started to do so.

Well there's some good news and bad news here.  First the bad:  We're liberals here at Rolling Stone, and that means that even though we love to talk about how everyone else should change, we are incapable of change, ourselves.  Expect more of the same from us.

Now the good news:  You readers don't have to (and shouldn't) take anything we say outside of the realm of music seriously, and with the way things have been going in the magazine business, we might not be around to mislead you much longer.



Will Dana
Managing Editor

2 comments:

  1. Hey Neil,

    Of course they ran with that story.....it fit the narrative. it don't matter what it was, the article was true to liberal dogna....Who needs any stinking facts. The problem is worse than you think..You noticed that the university and others immediately acted on the story premise without doing their own investigation. That is the biggest problem..the presumption of guilt. So what, a liberal magazine got caught cooking the facts that is par for the course. To me the frightening thing is the ongoing "war on Guys" that seems to have the complete support of the political establishment, academia and others of the same feather.

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    1. "To me the frightening thing is the ongoing "war on Guys" that seems to have the complete support of the political establishment, academia and others of the same feather." You are 100% correct about that.

      Check out: Captain Capitalism

      http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/

      He and many of the bloggers on his blogroll are all over this.

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