Rolling Stone Editor Clarifies: ‘Failure Is On Us,’ Not Alleged Rape Victim

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December 5, 2014 5:36 p.m.

After saying Friday that his magazine had “misplaced” its trust in the subject of an explosive story on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, Rolling Stone’s managing editor took responsibility for the piece’s “failure.”

In a series of tweets, Will Dana elaborated on the unraveling story of “Jackie,” whose account of a gang rape at a UVA fraternity served as the centerpiece of a story published last month by Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Erdely’s reporting on the story drew scrutiny, with some questioning her attempts to make contact with the alleged rapists.

Erdely and her editor initially stood by the story, but on Friday the magazine offered a partial retraction.

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“In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced,” Dana wrote in a note on Rolling Stone’s website. “We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”

Some interpreted that as a way of shifting blame to “Jackie.” Not long after Dana’s note was published, he took to Twitter to clarify a few points.

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