Journalism gone bad at Rolling Stone

Posted in Home Furnishings, Local journalism, Uncategorized on August 25th, 2020
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>>> WELCOME BACK. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ROLLING STONE ARTICLE ON RAPE THAT SENT SHOCK WAVES ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA BUT IS NOW IN DISPUTE. I Demand YOU TO IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE INTERVIEWING THE VICTIM OF A CRIME AND THAT THE VICTIM DOES NOT WANT YOU TO CONTACT THE CRIMINALS. IMAGINE THAT THE VICTIM IS AFRAID OF RETALIATION. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? IN THIS CASE THE ROLLING STONE REPORTER AND HER EDITORS ALL AGREED NOT TO CONTACT THOSE ALLEGED ATTACKERS. THIS DEFIES A PRETTY BASIC JOURNALISTIC PRINCIPLE, WHEN SOMEONE IS ACCUSED OF WROG DONG, YOU Perform AN EFFORT TO GET THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY. NOW ROLLING STONE REGRETS NOT DOING SO. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING THAT REPORTING INSTEAD OF QUESTIONING A CULTURE THAT’S PERMITTED JACKIE’S STORY TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE.HANNA ROSEN QUESTIONED THE REPORTER ABOUT THIS BEFORE IT BECAME NATIONAL NEWS AND SHE JOINS ME FROM WASHINGTON. WHERE DO YOU COME DOWN ON THIS CRUCIAL DECISION REQUESTING ROLLING STONE MADE NOT TO CONTACT THE ACCUSERS. IT’S A REALLY UNUSUAL DECISION. I Reckon IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, WHICH YOU SHOULDN’T I DON’T Picture, BUT IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, THEN YOU HAVE TO DO TWO THINGS. ONE, BE TOTALLY TRANSPARENT TO YOUR READERS. >> WHICH THEY WERE NOT. >> THEY WERE NOT. NO, HAVE A LINE IN THE STORY WHICH SAYS I MADE THE UNUSUAL DECISION NOT TO CONTACT THE ASSAILANTS BECAUSE IT MADE MY SOURCE ANXIOUS AND THIS IS A SENSITIVE SITUATION. THE SECOND THING TOUGH DO IS CORROBORATE THE STORY WITH OTHER Beginning SO THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE YOU COULD TALK TO. HER FRIENDS SHE TALKED TO THAT Light OR FIND OUT IF THERE WAS A PARTY THAT NIGHT OR CHECK AT THE LIFEGUARD POOL. THERE’S Plenties OF OTHER WORK TOUGH DO IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE THAT DECISION. >> LET ME READ PART OF WHAT ROLLING STONE SAID. IN TRYING TO BE SENSITIVE TO THE UNFAIR SHAME AND HUMILIATION MANY WOMEN FEEL AFTER A SEXUAL ASSAULT, WE MADE A JUDGE, THE KIND OF JUDGMENT REPORTERS AND EDITORS MAKE EVERY DAY.IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD NOT HAVE MADE THIS AGREEMENT WITH JACKIE AND THESE MISTAKES ARE ON ROLLING STONE, NOT ON JACKIE. THAT’S A Story Proclamation THAT WAS REVISED ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE ORIGINAL STATEMENT WAS PERCEIVED BY SOME TO BE BLAMING THE VICTIM, BLAMING JACKIE. >> I’M SO GLAD THEY MADE A SECOND STATEMENT. I WAS FEELING ABOUT ABOUT THE FIRST ONE. IT Virtually SAID THIS IS JACKIE’S FAULT BUT SHE’S NOT A JOURNALIST. SHAETION SHE’S JUST TELLING HER OWN STORY. IT’S ON US TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO TRUST BUT VERIFY. YOU HAVE TO CHECK THE SOURCES. FIGURE OUT WITH THE STORY IS TRUE BECAUSE IF NOT YOU END UP IN A MESS LIKE THE ONE WE’RE IN NOW .>> LET ME PLAY A CLIP FROM MSNBC. IN 9 SABRINA WAS ON CNN ONCE BEFORE AND THERE WERE QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT HER REPORTING. SHE WAS ON MSNBC’S MELISSA HARRIS PERRY LAST SATURDAY. HERE ARE A COUPLE SOUND BITES FROM THAT SEGMENT. >> I Thoughts THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT, WE’VE STARTED BECOMING VERY MIRED IN EUPHEMISM. WE CALL IT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, Unlawful sexual intercourse, WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN.I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SHOW THIS IS NOT SOME FORM OF MISCON MISCONDUCT. THIS IS A VIOLENT CRIME AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON JUST HOW VIOLENT IT IS. >> BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ELSE, I HAVE TO THANK YOU, SABRINA, FOR WRITING THIS. I Review YOU’VE DONE AN ACT OF PUBLIC SERVICE. IT IS HARD TO READ AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS AND AVOID THE CONCLUSION THAT WE LIVE IN A CULTURE THAT HATES WOMEN. JUST HATES US. >> THE MEDIA OUTLETS THAT UNCRITICALLY PICKED UP ON THIS STORY I THINK HAVE TO DO SOME INTROSPECTION. On the other hand, ROLLING STONE HAS AN EXCELLENT REPUTATION. MANY IMPORTANT STORIES OVER THE YEARS. DO YOU THINK THIS IS SAMPLE AN EXAMPLE OF ACTIVISM JOURNALIST GONE WRONG AND SHOULD WE LEARN FROM THAT? >> YES. Division OF WHAT WENT WRONG IS BELIEF GETTING IN THE WAY OF FACTS.ABOUT LEAF IN TWO SENSES. BELIEF IN THIS STORY. THIS Legend IS AN AMAZING STORY. IT’S A REALLY IMPORTANT STORY TO BE TOLD IF IT’S TRUE. SO, YOU KNOW, WANTING THE STORY DESPERATELY TO BE TRUE GOT IN THE WAY, AND THEN ALSO ACTIVISM IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE. I MEAN, THAT’S WHAT WHAT HAPPENED TO SABRINA IS A LITTLE BIT GETTING INTO THE SURVIVOR CULTURE WHICH IS YOU CAN’T QUESTION A VICTIM WHICH I Remember IS TRUE. IT’S IMPORTANT NOT TO QUESTION THE VICTIM IF YOU’RE HER SUPPORT GROUP BECAUSE YOU WANT >> AND WE’VE ACTUALLY MADE PROGRESS IN THAT RESPECT, HAVEN’T WE? AS THE DECADES HAVE PASSED, THE COSBY ACCUSERS, For example, WERE NOT TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN.NOW THEY ARE BEING TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY. THAT IS PROGRESS. >> YEAH, WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO. THE COSBY STORY COULDN’T HAVE COME AT A WORST TIME. YOU SEE WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN THE’ 70 s AND’ 80 s. THESE WOMEN WERE SURE NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE THEM. WE ARE Obligating PROGRESS. WHAT YOU DON’T WANT OBVIOUSLY IS.