The review, undertaken at Rolling Stone’s request, presented a broad indictment of the magazine’s handling of a story that had horrified readers, unleashed widespread protests and sparked a national discussion about sexual assaults on college campuses.
The report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on the editorial process called the article a “story of journalistic failure that was avoidable.”
The article focused on a student identified only as “Jackie,” who said she was raped by seven men at a fraternity house. It also described a hidden culture of sexual violence fueled by binge drinking at one of the nation’s most highly regarded public universities.
The report found, among other things, that Rolling Stone did not try hard enough to find the person Jackie accused of orchestrating the assault. (Read more from “Rolling Stone Apologizes, Retracts Discredited Rape Story” HERE)