Rolling Stone retracted its story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity on Sunday evening with the publication of an external review performed by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, but the magazine said it does not plan to fire any writer or editor involved in the story.
The report issued by Columbia found that Rolling Stone's "A Rape On Campus" was the "story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," and the review placed blame on reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the magazine's editors, and fact-checking department.
According to the report, Rolling Stone "set aside or rationalized" essential parts of the reporting process and did not make gaps in the storyline or shaky sourcing clear to readers. The report also concluded that Erdely should have contacted three friends of the victim, "Jackie," who could have provided details about the night of the alleged rape, and that Erdely should have worked harder to identify the alleged attacker.
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