(NaturalNews) After months of stonewalling and denials, Rolling Stone magazine has finally retracted its totally fabricated "campus rape" story which claimed that fraternity rape is endemic across America's universities. Yesterday, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism released a detailed analysis of Rolling Stone's mistakes, stating that "...the magazine failed to engage in 'basic, even routine journalistic practice' to verify details of the ordeal that the magazine's source, identified only as Jackie, described to the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely." (NY Times)
The author of the story, who can only be accurately described as committing a heinous and dastardly act of journalistic fraud, isn't even being fired by Rolling Stone magazine. After all, she did her duty as part of the mainstream leftist media now known for fabricating hoax stories to push a twisted cultural agenda. She's another loyal foot soldier in the media's relentless campaign of news hoaxes launched almost daily across America -- hoaxes which are almost never retracted.
"This [Columbia] report was painful reading, to me personally and to all of us at Rolling Stone," reads a months-delayed apology published at RollingStone.com. "With its publication, we are officially retracting 'A Rape on Campus.' ...We would like to apologize to our readers and to all of those who were damaged by our story and the ensuing fallout, including members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and UVA administrators and students."
Essentially, the Columbia report concludes that Rolling Stone ran with a totally fabricated story because the magazine utterly failed to fact check anything. Someone fed Rolling Stone precisely the lies they wanted to hear -- fully aligned with the cultural agenda of the magazine -- and Rolling Stone bought it hook, line and sinker.
In other words, Rolling Stone is really a gossip tabloid. Tell the magazine a politically correct story that's totally fabricated, and it will print the story as fact.
As the Columbia report states:
Rolling Stone's repudiation of the main narrative in "A Rape on Campus" is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable. The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking. The magazine set aside or rationalized as unnecessary essential practices of reporting that, if pursued, would likely have led the magazine's editors to reconsider publishing Jackie's narrative so prominently, if at all. The published story glossed over the gaps in the magazine's reporting by using pseudonyms and by failing to state where important information had come from.
But the real story here goes way beyond Rolling Stone's fabricated smear campaign against a University of Virginia fraternity. The real story is that Rolling Stone's failures are just a minor example of a new wave of liberal mainstream media reporters and editors who function primarily as a network of agenda-driven propagandists who invents whatever news they want. This fabricated news is used to spew intense hatred and intolerance for every targeted group it doesn't like, including fraternity members, white people, Southerners and men in general. Just as Rolling Stone exhaustively demonstrates, members of this disastrously unethical mainstream leftist media have now abandoned all principles of real journalism in their rush to use their magazines, newspapers and cable channels as activist propaganda mouthpieces to wage a cultural war based entirely on lies.
What's astonishing in all this is not that Rolling Stone fabricated a totally false news story. What's astonishing is that they got caught.
As another highly relevant example of all this, social media manager Alix Bryan, who works for WTVR-TV, the CBS affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, is now under investigation for filing a false fraud report with GoFundMe.com in an effort to block the funding of the victims of the media's hysteria-driven smear campaign against Memories Pizza.
Following the outrageously unethical smearing of Memories Pizza by the "gotcha" leftist media, an outpouring of financial support for Memories Pizza raised $842,000 for the family to help them upgrade and re-open their pizza shop. This is the pizza shop that said it would gladly serve gay customers in its shop but didn't want to cater a gay wedding because they were Christians. (And so what? The gay couples I know have far better taste than to cater their own wedding with everyday pizza...)
The irrational leftist media went hysterical over the pizza shop's polite explanation and instigated so much hatred and bigotry toward the family that outraged liberal activists tried to organize a march to literally burn down Memories Pizza. As reported by the ElkhartTruth paper:
Jess Dooley, head coach of the Concord High School girls golf program and an assistant coach with the softball and girls basketball programs, took to Twitter on Wednesday, April 1, to voice her opinion about the RFRA.
"Who's going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?" Dooley tweeted.
Concord Community Schools suspended Dooley from her coaching duties Wednesday, and the Walkerton Police Department issued a statement that the case had been sent to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office for possible charges.
The threat to burn down the pizza joint was just one of many hostile threats leveled against Memories Pizza. Thanks to the hatred of the contrived, leftist media, hate speech against family-owned Christian establishments was not just ignored but actually accelerated.
In response to all this, the mainstream media largely remained silent, refusing to denounce such tactics while further provoking them with more hate-spewing reporting. When violent threats support their cultural agenda, it seems, they're fit for print. The ends justify the means.
Now, just for the record here at Natural News, I have consistently been very vocal and outspoken against discrimination of any kind, including the long history of crimes of the U.S. government (FBI) against African-Americans, violence committed against gays, and discrimination against woman. I have repeatedly called for universal tolerance. But such tolerance has to apply to ALL groups, not just selected ones you happen to like at the moment. It is no more justified to targeted Memories Pizza for their religious beliefs than to target someone because of the color of their skin.
The leftist media doesn't seem to understand this. They don't really know what tolerance is because they think it only means tolerance for their own agendas and values, not tolerance for anyone else's. But that isn't tolerance at all; it's bigotry. And to push their leftist brand of bigotry, they routinely resort to fabricating whatever fake stories they can gin up that fit their narrative. It's all totally shameless. (And in no way resembles legitimate "news.")
But the story of CBS affiliate employee Alix Bryan isn't over yet, either. Not only did Alix file a false fraud report with GoFundMe in a vicious effort to repeatedly victimize the Memories Pizza family, she was so excited about her "activism" that she tweeted it proudly.
When she was challenged on why she would file a fraud claim with no basis whatsoever, she justified her own behavior, claiming, "...that is totally acceptable to do. I also did research afterward and contacted person who started fund."
This behavior by a member of the liberal media very closely mirrors the total disregard for journalistic ethics demonstrated by the Rolling Stone reporter. This is exactly why the mainstream leftist media is rapidly losing credibility and readers. On no basis whatsoever, this CBS affiliate employee has convinced herself that filing a false fraud claim is "totally acceptable." And when did she do some research on the situation? AFTER she filed the fraud report! (It's just like Rolling Stone conducting an investigation of the facts AFTER their story was published as fact.)
This is precisely how the leftist media works now. It's all about false claims, false stories and totally fabricated "facts" that are psychologically justified even though they wholly violate every principle of honest journalism. With the mainstream liberal media, the ends justify the means, and they quite literally think it's okay to lie, cheat, fabricate stories, conduct "ambush journalism" of small town mom-and-pop pizza shops, and spew hatred and intolerance toward targeted groups they don't like.
And when these professional liars and propagandists get caught, they don't even get fired from their jobs. Brian Williams, anyone?
The leftist media, in other words, has become everything it once claimed to oppose. It is now pro war and pro hate. It instigates violence against groups that hold minority views. It despises tolerance and ethical journalism. It invents mass hysteria over fabricated stories and then uses contrived outrage to bully and intimidate everyone else into supporting its twisted agenda. It is shameless in its actions and is so far detached from ethics and morality that it can't even recognize how it's doing anything wrong. When the editor of Rolling Stone magazine admits that yes, they violated honest journalism, they lied, they fabricated story details and they defamed an entire fraternity, how on Earth can the publisher of that magazine not fire the writer responsible for the con job?
"In an interview discussing Columbia's findings, Jann S. Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, acknowledged the piece's flaws but said that it represented an isolated and unusual episode and that Ms. Erdely would continue to write for the magazine," writes the NY Times.
You see, to the mainstream leftist media, news and agenda-driven activism are the SAME THING! And when someone gets caught fabricating a totally fake news story, they don't get fired... they simply get handed more assignments and told something like "don't get caught again!"
I'm not saying, by the way, that the conservative media never lies, either. The conservative mainstream media has its own cabal of liars and spin doctors who engage in a different brand of deception with claims like "pesticides are good for you" and "Big Pharma wants to help you get healthier." The most credible news on the conservative side comes from independent media outlets, just like the best news on the liberal side also comes from independent writers.
But the liberal mainstream media has become a total mockery of itself in these last couple of years, abandoning all journalism ethics like we saw with the Rolling Stone campus rape story. The Rolling Stone story was fabricated in exactly the same way all the other liberal media stories are now either fabricated or wildly exaggerated: the Disneyland measles outbreak hysteria, the arsenic in California wines science hoax, the contrived, hysterical targeting of Memories Pizza and countless other similar stories.
What we're left with now is a liberal-leaning mainstream media that primarily functions as a network of low-grade bloggers and gossip artists who spew hatred and bigotry. The really intelligent journalists and reporters on the left, just as those on the right, are independent bloggers who run their own websites. The mainstream network news outlets have become tabloid rags at every level... and they now only appeal to "junk info" consumers who consume the news the same way they consume Chicken McNuggets or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. (Mindlessly, in other words.)
Here's today's leftist mainstream media explained in one cartoon. Share widely and don't be intimidated by the haters, because they are only proving my point: