Thursday, December 04, 2014

Dunham says "rape" and Breitbart says "nope"

Big Hollywood: "Investigation: Lena Dunham 'raped by a Republican' story in bestseller collapses under scrutiny."
After a month-long investigation that included more than a dozen interviews, a trip to the Oberlin campus, and hours spent poring through the Oberlin College archives, her description of the campus remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify in Dunham's story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry.
Whether intentional or not, this opening echoes a line from "Shattered Glass" about discredited New Republic writer Stephen Glass:
[after completely debunking Stephen Glass's New Republic article]
Adam Penenberg: But there is one thing in this story that checks out.
Kambiz Foroohar: What's that?
Adam Penenberg: There does appear to be a state in the union named Nevada.
This falls in line with the unraveling of the Rolling Stone article about rape at the University of Virginia.  In both cases, I believe, a tipping point was reached where the truthiness of the rape story was more important to move some books and magazines.  Who are you going to believe?  Lena Dunham and Jann Wenner or some good ole boy Southern Republicans?

Extra - Speaking of the New Republic and unraveling.


Rule #11 said...

When slamming media outlets for their journalistic lapses and their desire to turn wishes into reality, one should always stay far, far, far away from the word "Breitbart."

Anthony Weiner said...

Yeah, that guy is a jerk!

Shirley Sherrod, James O'Keefe, Loretta Lynch, Kevin Jennings, Bertha Lewis, bankrupt Paul Krugman, and Friends of Hamas said...

No way, that guy's legacy will always be the search for the truth!

The Peace of L'Andrew said...

"bankrupt Paul Krugman"

Is that morally or intellectually?

Or both?