Supplemental: The CJS instantly vouches for Erdely!

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

The guild taking care of The Stone:
Within the journalism industry, The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is a very big deal.

It administers the Pulitzer Prizes. It co-sponsors the National Magazine Award. It publishes the Columbia Journalism Review, an insider trade publication.

The CJS is as big-and-inside as it gets. On Sunday night, it released its 13,000-word review of Rolling Stone’s recent journalistic debacle.

The CJS report lashed Rolling Stone with a big wet insider noodle. How does the upper-end press corps police itself? Consider the way the CJS began this report.

At issue was the weird journalistic behavior of Rolling Stone’s reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and her supervising editors. In the article in question, Erdely published an account of an alleged gang rape at a UVA fraternity—an account which turned out to be false, a fabrication.

Uh-oh! Erdely had done virtually no fact-checking of the horrific story she told. Among other things, she never verified the existence of “Drew” (not his real name), the alleged ringleader of the attack upon the alleged victim, Jackie.

According to Jackie, “Drew” was a junior in September 2012, the time of the alleged attack. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity where the horrific attack was supposed to have taken place.

In a series of interviews, Jackie had given Erdely a first name for “Drew,” but she had withheld his last name. Erdely never checked to see if a junior from Phi Kappa Psi with that first name had actually worked at the pool.

On a journalistic basis, that was crazy conduct. As it turned out, no one from Phi Kappa Psi had worked at the pool at all. No lifeguard matched the description Erdely had been given, but she hadn’t checked it out.

That was crazy conduct by Erdely. The treatment of this episode in the CJS report is almost as strange.

The CJS report starts with the question of “Drew.” More specifically, it starts with a highly cinematic anecdote in which we’re told that Erdely kept trying to learn Drew’s last name even after her piece had been published.

This highly cinematic anecdote seems to vouch for Erdely’s journalistic diligence, for her ongoing good intentions. It’s hard to know why the CJS writers accept the veracity of this story, with which they lead their report.

That said, the presentation of this anecdote is a giant gift to Erdely, especially coming where it does, as a virtual prelude to the report. In presenting this highly suspect story, the CJS vouches for Erdely’s noble intentions at the start of its report.

Sabrina Erdely just kept trying to get the truth! The basic veracity of the anecdote is highly suspect. The chronology is suspiciously jumbled, in a way which tilts the story in Erdely’s favor. The writers even include a bogus fact which makes the story more Erdely-friendly.

This anecdote comes at the top of the CJS report. You can peruse the report by clicking here.

We’ll examine that anecdote in the next day or two. But as we’ve told you down through the years, the press corps never tells you the truth about the press corps’ behavior. It simply isn’t done!

Did Erdely just keep pursuing the truth? Promotional fees for that anecdote should be paid by Rolling Stone.

29 comments:

  1. Hey troll, Where's Haven Monahan? There's a hot potato for ya.

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    1. Actually it is a cold potato. Maybe even Vichyssoise. We think that is what the analysts were served for lunch today. Because Somerby did not put any Haven Monahan in this post.

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    2. Haven did put in an appearance as a commenter in the combox in the last post.

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  2. There is a tendency to please one's client. The CJR report was something that could be used to put RS in the least bad light, Whether stated or implicit, no doubt the reviewers were aware that their work would be use for RS's public relations and to defend RS in a potential lawsuit by the fraternity. The fraternity has announced that they are planning to sue. If the suit gets far enough so that the fraternity gets their expert to write a report like the CJR report, I think we'll see a harsher analysis.

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    1. "The fraternity has announced that they are planning to sue."

      The old "we're douchebags, not rapists" defense.

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    2. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor, unless he is a douchebag.

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  3. From what I read, Erdely was looking for a horrendous rape that would back up the recent theories of campus "rape culture".
    It reminds me of the apocryphal story when Frederick Remington was sent to Cuba by William Randolph Hearst to create illustrations of the Spanish American War.
    Remington said there was no war.
    Hearst is supposed to have replied, "Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."
    You CAN make this stuff up.

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    1. I could not have said it any better.

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  4. According to this article, Erdley has a pattern of writing this sort of badly checked story in RS.

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    1. The Washington Examiner, another flat-earther rag that Dinky the ConTroll purports to present as legitimate to Somerby's rubes.

      When Anschutz started the Examiner in its daily newspaper format, he envisioned creating a conservative competitor to The Washington Post. According to Politico, "When it came to the editorial page, Anschutz’s instructions were explicit — he 'wanted nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers,' said one former employee." The Examiner's conservative writers include Byron York (National Review), Michael Barone (American Enterprise Institute, Fox News Channel), and David Freddoso (National Review, author of The Case Against Barack Obama).

      What a rogue's gallery of .0001%er whores.

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    2. Anonymous, was Blumer raped?

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    3. The old: primary source of questionable motivations renders all secondarily sourced information demonstrably false-defense.

      In other words: please to not visit the incriminating links contained within the Washington Examiner report. The examiner deals in crimethought and improper politics.

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    4. Bob sockpuppet @ 1:30 PM. My, how the mighty have fallen.

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    5. Because if one doesn't reflexively rally to the support Sabrina Erdley they lose their Liberal card? Why we're just a bunch of closet Republicans here now.

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    6. "Why we're just a bunch of closet Republicans here now."

      Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, they are free at last.

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      Toby Neugebauer, the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm, and the son of a Texas congressman, is playing a key role as donor and fundraiser for an unusual super-PAC arrangement that grabbed attention in political circles this week for raking in $31 million within a few days of being formed — an unprecedented haul for a new presidential candidate, the sources said.

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