Rolling Stone Journalist Defecates on Editor’s Desk, Has Gym Privileges Suspended for Week

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Sabrina Erdely’s villain never existed, and at long last Rolling Stone has “officially” retracted her ham-handed, agenda-inspired yarn. (Photo: hollywoodhatesme.wordpress.com)

Rolling Stone journalist Boris Moros had been terrorizing colleagues for weeks. He had been writing factually inaccurate articles, with everyone’s knowledge, for months. Two weeks ago, he left a dead rat on a fact checker’s desk. Last week, he ran around the office wearing nothing but a diaper. Yesterday, finally, was the last straw. When asked by both his editor and the oh-so diligent fact-checker to independently confirm his anonymous source’s story, he completely flipped out, dropped his trousers then a turd on his boss’s desk. Naturally, Rolling Stone took immediate action and suspended his company gym privileges for one week.

Bud Fox News reports this fit of fecal freakism only because RS’s martinetish punishment of Mr. Moros strangely differs from its kid-glove treatment of those involved with author Sabrina Erdely’s entirely inaccurate word-turd titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” that appeared on the magazine’s website last November 19 (which we wrote about here). This week, the Columbia School of Journalism released a scorching report that shed light on the outrageous journalistic incompetence at play in the magazine’s criminal release of a story that a bumbling Inspector Clouseau would have exposed as a hoax in about 15 minutes. Ineptitude, combined with a journalist’s shameful desire to push a political agenda, not only damaged the reputations of innocent individuals and the University of Virginia, but also probably damaged efforts to address sexual violence on campus. The whole affair has lots of pundits talking about “journalistic standards and practices” as if it’s some sort of secret code meant only for the erudite, but like most things that are made complicated by insiders looking to justify their livelihoods, this affair is pretty simple: 1) Don’t besmirch individuals’ and institutions’ reputations by printing “facts” on deathly serious topics when you haven’t done even a lick of work to prove them, and 2) don’t let your objectivity be clouded by a preexisting philosophy or pre-formed objective: According to Columbia’s report, Erdely said that “she was searching for a single, emblematic college rape case that would show ‘what it’s like to be on campus now … where not only is rape so prevalent….‘” Erdely’s article gave readers no reason to believe that she had studied life at UVa sufficiently to conclude that rape was indeed prevalent there. In her article, she also cited the debunked statistic that one in five college women is sexually assaulted, which at a school Virginia’s size, implies hundreds of sexual assaults per class. Did she stop to think about the sheer numbers that statistic suggested? Quite simply, Erdely was looking for an eye-popping story to neatly back her conclusions about UVa and college life in general, conclusions that she never bothered to prove.

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Columbia University Law School Students Can Delay Finals If Traumatized by Recent Grand Jury Verdicts?!

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At Columbia, lefty lawyers-in-training are really learning their craft.

According to the Powerlineblog.com website, Robert Scott, the interim dean of Columbia University’s Law School, sent a message to students informing them that those sufficiently traumatized by the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown (aka Ferguson) and Eric Garner (Staten Island “chokehold”) cases could petition the law school to postpone their final exams.  Here’s the key passage of Scott’s supposed message:

The law school has a policy and set of procedures for students who experience trauma during exam period. In accordance with these procedures and policy, students who feel that their performance on examinations will be sufficiently impaired due to the effects of these recent events may petition Dean Alice Rigas to have an examination rescheduled.

Oh, c’mon, let’s not discriminate against students who might be traumatized by other recent events; such an oversight would be unfair.  Take, for example, law school students who are fans of Charles Manson.  If they didn’t get an invitation to his upcoming wedding, they must be emotionally devastated.  Can they apply for an exam delay?  Heck, during the Christmas season, sorry- I meant holiday season, what with dysfunctional family dinners and the like, most Columbia law students are probably distraught about something.  The most mature course of action is for the administration to cancel exams and give students randomly assigned grades using some sort of “disparate impact” racial quota system blessed by a special-interest-group-obsessed psychologist. Continue reading