Rolling Stone retracts UVA story following report from Columbia

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The editors at Rolling Stone Magazine are now retracting an article about an alleged gage rape at a University of Virginia frat house.

The Columbia School of Journalism released a review of the story saying Rolling Stone made numerous mistakes and didn’t use routine and basic journalistic practices.

The authors of the investigation were blunt.

“This report is very much intended as a piece of journalism about a failure of journalism,” said Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School.

The Columbia School of Journalism was tasked with finding out what went wrong in Rolling Stone Magazine’s November article about the alleged gang rape.

The account told the story of “Jackie,” who claimed she was gang raped at the Phi Kappa PSI Fraternity House.

But police said there’s no evidence this rape occurred.

“It was the collective fault of the reporter, the editor, the editor’s supervisor, and the fact checking department,” Dean Coll said.

Columbia’s Review found no one lied or invented facts.

The reporting staff will get a second change. Rolling Stone said no one will be fired, including the story’s writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

She said in a statement that, “These are mistakes that I will not make again.”

Columbia’s Report found that Erdely and her editors failed to corroborate Jackie’s story with the friends who were with her that night.

They also failed to get a response from the fraternity in question and they were not aggressive enough in making sure the details provided by Jackie were accurate.

Will Dana, the managing editor, released a statement saying in part:

“We would like to apologize to our readers and to all of those who were damaged by our story and the ensuing fallout.”

“We pointed out systemic and institutional problems. We leave it up to Rolling Stone to decide how best to deal with these problems,” said Sheila Coronel, the Academic Dean of Columbia Journalism School.

The fraternity that was named in that story, accusing it’s members of a gang rape, said it will sue Rolling Stone Magazine.

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