- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe slammed Rolling Stone magazine Monday for the “abject failure of accountability in journalism” that led to a debunked story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.

The Democrat said in a statement that the article “has done untold damage to the University of Virginia and our Commonwealth as a whole.” 

“This false account has been an unnecessary and dangerous distraction from real efforts to combat sexual violence on our college campuses,” Mr. McAuliffe said. “My administration will not allow this shameful episode to stop the momentum we have built working with administrators, law enforcement, students and advocates to keep our campuses safe.”

The governor’s statement comes after a scathing report by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism found Rolling Stone’s story about “Jackie,” the purported rape victim, violated “basic, even routine journalistic practice.”

Upon publication of the Columbia report, the magazine retracted the article and Managing Editor Will Dana issued an apology, Politico reported. The story’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, also issued an apology. Mr. Dana said Ms. Erdely will keep her position at Rolling Stone.

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