Rolling Stone: We're not firing anybody

by Todd Starnes / Fox News, Guest Columnist |

NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) -- Rolling Stone has officially retracted a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. A "journalistic failure" - that's what a review by the Columbia University School of Journalism determined.

Now you would think after a scandal of this magnitude that heads would roll. But that's not the case at all. It's business as usual at Rolling Stone. Managing Editor Will Dana is quoted in the report as saying, "It's not like I think we need to overhaul our process, and I don't think we need to necessarily institute a lot of new ways of doing things."

The New York Times reports Sabrina Erdely, who wrote the story, will continue writing for the magazine. Miss Erdely penned an apology – sort of an "oopsie, my bad" - but failed to mention the men of Phi Kappa Psi. The fraternity's good name has been smeared, their reputations ruined by an act of journalistic malpractice.

This is standard operating procedure for the mainstream media. It doesn't matter if the gang rape was fabricated; what's important is it sparked a national conversation. Anybody remember Duke lacrosse? "Hands up, don't shoot!" - it didn't happen, but that's okay because it advances a narrative.

That's the sorry state of affairs in American journalism. Disgraceful.

To quote Mark Twain: "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're misinformed."

No wonder ignorance is bliss.

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