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December 10, 2014

Oh Boy: Rolling Stone Piece is Even Worse Than You Thought
"Jackie's" Friends: Yeah, She Made Up This Guy She Had a Date With That Night

Cooke excerpts a Washington Post piece which is absolutely damning, and, as he says, if not the final nail in the coffin, at least the one that pins the lid shut.

The three friends who heard her claims the night they allegedly occurred now say that the story presented in Rolling Stone is very unlike the story they heard that night.

The three said Jackie did not specifically identify a fraternity that night.

. . .

Okay, that's problematic, but we already sort of knew that, given that another friend had to point out the fraternity and tell "Jackie" "That's where you were raped."

They said there are mounting inconsistencies with the original narrative in the magazine. The students also expressed suspicions about Jackie's allegations from that night. They said the name she provided as that of her date did not match anyone at the university, and U-Va. officials confirmed to The Post that no one by that name has attended the school.

And photographs that were texted to one of the friends showing her date that night actually were pictures depicting one of Jackie's high school classmates in Northern Virginia. That man, now a junior at a university in another state, confirmed that the photographs are of him and said he barely knew Jackie and hasn't been to Charlottesville for at least six years.

There's more. Sabrina Rubin Erdley -- who can now be credibly accused of being a straight-up fabulist -- claimed previously that one of the friends, "Randall," refused to be interviewed, citing, she claims, "loyalty to his frat."

Randall says he was not asked for an interview by Erdley at all but if he had been asked he would have agreed.

This is a major, major problem for Erdley. If true -- and I am finding it difficult to think of reasons to give Erdley the benefit of the doubt -- this is not a case of "Jackie" misleading her, but of Erdley on her own behalf lying to readers and the public.

The article's writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, did not respond to requests for comment this week.

You don't say.

It's an interesting, and I'm sure entirely unrelated, quirk of history that Sabrina Rubin Erdley was a colleague of Steven Glass' on the Daily Pennsylvanian newspaper. Both were UPenn, Class of '94.

OMG: You have to read the full article.

It's really bad. It's worse than I thought, or than Cooke thought.

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