An external review of a controversial Rolling Stone magazine feature on sexual assault culture the University of Virginia is “significantly longer than the original 9,000-word article” and “apparently quite damning,” Politco’s Dylan Byers reports.
The review was conducted by Columbia Journalism School dean Steve Coll and follows significant criticism that has been targeted at Rolling Stone for months. Many of the details reported in Rolling Stone’s original story — including one student’s story about her alleged gang-rape at a UVA fraternity — have been disputed and proven unable to verify.
Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as well as the magazine’s editors, have been criticised for not reaching out to Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity accused of perpetrating the gang-rape on UVA student “Jackie.”
Earlier this week, Charlottesville, Virginia police chief Tim Longo announced that the department had been unable to confirm any facts in Rolling Stone’s article. After Monday’s press conference, Phi Kappa Psi announced they are considering legal action over the disproved article.
The upcoming Columbia Journalism School review “offered a blunt indictment of Rolling Stone’s reporting and its violation of journalism ethics,” according to Byers. He reports that Rolling Stone will publish a significant portion of the external review next month.
We’ve reached out to Rolling Stone for comment and will update with any statement we receive.
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