Still Waiting For That “Re-Reported” Story

In November, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a leftist scribe for Rolling Stone, fired a nuclear missile at the University of Virginia and a fraternity, spinning a lurid yarn of gang rape headlined “A Rape On Campus.” In December, after The Washington Post and other media exposed that missile as a dud, the magazine kind of retracted the story.

At the same time, Erdely and the magazine claimed they would “re-report” the story. Richard Bradley, who helped destroy Erdely’s story at his blog, correctly observed how ludicrous that idea was:

“Re-reporting” is not a common or even known term in journalism, and here’s why: You can’t “re-report” a thing, because as soon as you write about it the first time, you change it; the word suggests that a situation is static, but it is the opposite.

That’s true, but here’s the real problem with Erdely’s pathetic charade. She couldn’t have “re-reported” the story because it was fiction. She had nothing to “re-report.”

In April, Columbia University published a report dissecting Erdely's and Rolling Stone's foul-ups, causing the magazine to admit the story was nonsense. Erdely mumbled an apology that did not admit Jackie, the “victim,” conned her, and did not mention that fraternity. Since then, a university official has sued Rolling Stone, and fraternity has said it will.

But let’s take Erdely’s word. By now, the “re-reporting” should be done. What has it revealed? Has Erdely, silent on Twitter since November, determined why Jackie invented the story? And how did Jackie fool Erdely, whose “tendency … to believe people” never overrides her “finely-tuned bullshit detector”.

Where is the “re-reported” story?

R. Cort Kirkwood

R. Cort Kirkwood has been writing about American politics and culture for more than 20 years. In addition to writing for TNA, Cort has also written for Chronicles, National Review, The Remnant, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, The Orange County Register, Taki’s Top Drawer online magazine, and

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