Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Author of Rolling Stone Magazine Article on University of Virginia Rape Offers Apology for False Story to all but the Fraternity
HEY SABRINA, YOU MISSED SOME ONE IN YOUR APOLOGY FOR FALSE RAPE STORY …
Rolling Stone magazine is in full retreat on their now completely discredited University of Virginia rape story where the so-called rape victim, Jackie, was assaulted at a UVA fraternity. The author of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, is now offering an apology and Rolling Stone is asking what went wrong. Hmm, you mean besides everything? Rolling Stone has officially retracted the article, ‘A Rape on Campus,’ as nothing can ce corroborated; however, has the damage already been done? Sabrina Rubin Erdely offered an apology saying, “I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the U.V.A. community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.” Um, and I can’t actually believe I am saying this as I have no love for the fraternity system, but where is Rolling Stone’s apology to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity where the faux rape occurred? Could it be because the fraternity will most likely sue Rolling Stone for libel?
Rape is a terrible crime unto itself and affects a victim for the rest of their life. But to report such a sensational, false story like this and not have any journalistic integrity, no fact checking, no nothing what so ever, is a crime itself.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author of a now-discredited article in Rolling Stone magazine about a rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, issued this statement:
“The past few months, since my Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” was first called into question, have been among the most painful of my life. Reading the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgments in my reporting was a brutal and humbling experience. I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the U.V.A. community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.
“Over my 20 years of working as an investigative journalist — including at Rolling Stone, a magazine I grew up loving and am honored to work for — I have often dealt with sensitive topics and sources. In writing each of these stories I must weigh my compassion against my journalistic duty to find the truth. However, in the case of Jackie and her account of her traumatic rape, I did not go far enough to verify her story. I allowed my concern for Jackie’s well-being, my fear of re-traumatizing her, and my confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts. These are mistakes I will not make again.
There seems to be more missing from the Rolling Stone mea culpa on this false rape article that they published, who is being held responsible for such a miscarriage of journalism? Who got suspended, who got fired … no one. So how are we to believe this will never happen again at Rolling Stone, because they said so? Sorry folks, but as private investigators Sam Spade, Humphrey Bogart, said in The Maltese Falcon, some one must take the fall.
So, there was a massive “failure of journalism” here, but none of the journalists who failed so massively will lose their jobs, and none of the journalistic practices that led to this failure will change.
Somehow, this is so America 2015. Leaders “take full responsibility” for failure, but rarely seem to pay a price for it. As we tell our children, “‘Sorry’ is not a magic word.” That is, it’s great to say “I’m sorry” when you’ve done wrong, but saying the word does not erase the consequences of the deed. You have to show by your actions that you mean it.
The editors who handled that UVA story will remain in place. Unbelievably, even the writer who wrote the catastrophic lies will not suffer any professional penalty at the magazine.
Saturday Night Live Mocks NCAA Basketball Final and the Student Athlete Hypocrisy … “It’s like I tell all my players, college is the most important year of your life.”
CLASSIC SARCASM FROM SNL ON NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL.
Saturday Night Live nailed last night’s cold opening … as SNL not only mocks NCAA college basketball and the notion of the student athlete, but gets it 100% correct. Just minutes after the second game of the NCAA Final 4 ended that saw the previously undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats fall to the Wisconsin Badgers, 71-64, SNL began their cold open with a complete mockery of the NCAA’s so-called “student-athlete”. The best line of the skit was when Taran Killam, playing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “It’s like I tell all my players: college is the most important year of your life.” The premise of the sarcastic skit was that Duke was holding out freshman center Jahlil Okafor from Monday night’s NCAA College basketball game, not because he was hurt, sick or tore an ACL, but because he has a big Biology test on Tuesday to study for. Ha, ha, ha … that is just too funny.
When asked whether Mike Krzyzewski/Taran Killa was relly going to hold Okafor out of the Championship game because of a Biology exam he said, “Of course I am, guys these are student-athletes [emphasis on student]. Students! If they only came to college to play basketball, then we all would look pretty silly”.
The only thing that would have made this funnier and even more truthful was if they used Kentucky head coach John “one and done” Calipari instead of Mike Krzyzewski, but UK lost, so that ended that.
AMERICA IS FINALLY LEARNING WHAT MOST HAVE KNOWN FOR A WHILE,
MSLSD MSNBS MSNBC IS UNWATCHABLE …
As reported at Deadline Hollywood, MSNBC is pretty much on life-support as the TV ratings of the liberal left leaning, Democrat party bias, Obama propaganda network is at all-time lows. Simply speaking, the product that is put forth on MSNBC is unwatchable. Not only does the network suffer from the fact that it is completely bias for the LEFT, but its reporting of the news is suspect as well and falls for along a liberal ideology than the facts, see coverage of Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman, Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson and any of their political coverage.) As correctly stated by Hot Air, “Strident demagoguery may sell for a short period of time, but it has little staying power. In contrast, the talking head shows on Fox and CNN deal with dissent in a much more mature manner, and usually features more of it than MSNBC prime-time shows do.”
Talk about a tale of two cable news networks. With its 53rd consecutive quarter total audience win, Fox News Channel saw a 10% primetime rise among adults 25-54 in first-quarter 2015 over last year. In fact, with 321,000 on average among the 25-54s in primetime, Fox News thrashed rivals CNN (187,000) and MSNBC (132,000) with more news demo viewers than the other two combined, according to Nielsen.
Contrast that to the fate of the NBCUniversal-owned MSNBC, which not only saw a 39% drop in the demo compared to Q1 2014 but its worst quarterly result in the category since Q2 2005. If that almost decade-old result wasn’t enough of a blow, and rising CNN’s fourth consecutive win over MSNBC in prime didn’t cut deep enough, take a look at the gutting the cabler newser’s nighttime offerings are suffering.
With just 145,000 viewers among the 25-54s on average over the December 29, 2014 – March 29, 2015 period, the once-proud flagship The Rachel Maddow Show hit an all-time quarter low with the worst result since its September 8, 2008 launch. Not only is Maddow down 46% in the demo, but her 9 PM show is also down 19% in total viewers. Fellow primetime show All In With Chris Hayes and Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell fell to their worst quarterly demo ratings since their respective 2013 and 2010 debuts. O’Donnell’s show also had its lowest total quarterly viewership results. And 7 PM’s Hardball With Chris Matthews had its lowest-rated quarter in the demo since 2Q 2005 with an average viewership of 126,000.
With ratings like this, who does not think there are Internet websites and blogs that have a higher viewership?
But what else would one expect for results when you are marketing to a fringe group of an audience? Check this out from 5 pm to 11 pm MSNBC has the following shows to watch. Serious, this is a prime time line up? Unless I am looking to watch liberals lose their minds on election night and the insanity that comes from their mouths when they get routed in an election, the only show in their entire morning, afternoon and prime time schedule I can stomach is ‘The Morning Joe’. Check out their prime-time lineup below and some suggestions we have as replacements that would draw a higher audience.
- 5-6 – The Ed Show [reruns of Mr. Ed would of course, of course get better ratings]
- 6-7 – Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton [Simply unwatchable and painful to listen to this man butcher trying to read a teleprompter. Although as a comedy show, maybe just having Rev. Al read important speeches in US history would be a good laugh for a short period of time. Or they could just show an endless loop of Al Sharpton getting knocked on his ass by Roy Inis.
- 7-8 – Hardball with Chris Matthews – He has lost that tingly feeling running up his leg. These days Chris is just becoming more and more bitter as he sees his career fade into obscurity. Hardball, hell, just run a continuous lop of Die Hard.
- 8-9 – All In with Chris Hayes – Honestly, a TV test pattern would get a higher ratings.
- 9-10 – The Rachel Maddow Show. Nuff said, just play reruns of Law & Order.
- 10-11 – The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. How about no word with Lawrence O’Donnell or maybe they could just have Jennifer Lawrence or maybe Chris O’Donnell.
Daily Commentary – Monday, March 23, 2015 – As You Might Expect, I Listen To a Lot of Political Talk Radio
- If you like listening to talk radio, try going to I Heart Radio and listen to one of your local radio hosts, you might find them more interesting than the more well known hosts like Hannity and Limbaugh
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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Says, ‘I Dream … Every Black Person in America Vote Republican’ at Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University (VIDEO)
Stephen A. Smith is never at a loss for words and this time nails it 100% …
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said at an Impact Symposium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican.” Never afraid to tackle controversial topics, Stephen A. Smith may have just given one of his most insightful points of view that even his counterpart on ‘First Take’ Skip Bayless would have to agree with. Stephen A. Smith’s comment makes complete and total sense if you look at it as opposed to the knee-jerk reaction he will get from the LEFT and many blacks. I have said for years, why do blacks vote for just one party, a Democrat party that was far from good to blacks in America, see pre-Civil War. The fact of the matter is, anyone who puts all their eggs in one basket are setting themselves up for failure. Who looks at one car, one house, one computer, one job and says without looking at anything else or questioning anything … I’ll take it.
When a political party knows they have you in your back pocket and knows they can take you for granted and still get your vote, that is true disenfranchisement and you are finished. The Democrat party knows that will get 85-90% of the black vote and not lift a finger for it. It’s expected. The only question is whether black America will listen to Stephen A. Smith’s words.
MUST SEE VIDEO …
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” he said. “Because from what I’ve read, and I’m open to correction, but from what I’ve read, Barry Goldwater is going against Lyndon B. Johnson. He’s your Republican candidate. He is completely against the Civil Rights Movement. Lyndon B. Johnson was in favor of it. What happens is, he wins office, Barry Goldwater loses office, but there was a senate, a Republican senate, that pushed the votes to the president’s desk. It was the Democrats who were against Civil Rights legislation. So because President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Democrat, black America assumed the Democrats were for it.”
He also added, “Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb. The other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
I would add, if Republicans continue to do the same to Conservatives … Conservativees should do the same and teach the establishment GOP a lesson they will never forget.
KCBS-TV Airs Live the Moment Cops Shoot a Gun Weilding Domestic Violence/Kidnapping Sustpect in LA After Car Chase
THERE IS A REASON WHY THEY CALL IN LIVE TV … KIDNAPPING SUSPECT FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON.
ALL SHOWN LIVE ON TV … On Friday, March 13 LAPD pursued a possible kidnapping and domestic violence suspect in South LA evening and then engaged in a shootout with the suspect at the end of the chase. Police stated that the suspect was accused of assaulting, pistol-whipping and forcing his wife into a car at gunpoint on Sunday in Paramount, California. Authorities also told the media that the suspect was armed and dangerous. The chase ended at Vermont Avenue and 43rd Street when the suspect got out of the white SUV and began pointing the gun at the police and made gestures at them. However, he was no match for law enforcement who opened fire on the suspect, all caught live on TV.
No deputies were injured in the incident. Officials said the suspect was shot “at least once” in the upper torso. After an hour or so stand off with the police and SWAT, the suspect surrender and was taken to the hospital.
Video – Warning
Police had told local media that they believed the man to be armed and dangerous while the chase was still ongoing, and as media cameras showed, he quickly demonstrated that the police were correct. pulling out a handgun and appearing to fire at the cops.
The police returned fire.
Shocked KCBS anchors apologized profusely as it seemed that they had aired video footage of the man being shot by police. They soon cut back to video from the scene, showing the visibly injured man, a bullet wound in his abdomen, sitting on a nearby front porch.
Ferguson, MO Police Shooting News Conference at 2:30 ET – VIDEO (Update: Suspect Named: Jeffrey LeeHoust Williams – Picture)(Williams was a Protestor)(Charged with 2 Counts of Aggravated Assault)
Ferguson, MO Police Shooting News Conference at 2:30 ET
This afternoon St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch named 20 year old Jeffrey Williams named shooting suspect in the police shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, MO.
- 20 year old Jeffrey Williams named shooting suspect in Ferguson, MO. Williams is currently in police custody.
- The 20 year old suspect has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, assault in the first degree, a class A felony.
- Also charged with one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and thee counts of armed criminal action.
- The individual in custody has acknowledged to firing the shots at the two police officers.
- St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch confirmed that a weapon has been recovered.
- The weapon recovered was a handgun recovered at his residence.
- He was a demonstrator and has been a part of other protests in Ferguson, MO and from Ferguson.
- There was an arrest warrant out for Jeffrey Williams previously who had not seen his probation officer for 7 months.
- Williams does not live far from Ferguson.
- He was currently on probation for receiving stolen property.
- Suspect claims that he was not targeting at the police, claims he had a dispute with other people and were firing at them.
- McCulloch said, “We’re not completely buying that part of it.”
- McCulloch confirms the red vehicle is part of the investigation.
PRESS CONFERENCE: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch suspect arrest of two Ferguson police officers
County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Jeffrey Williams was charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and thee counts of armed criminal action.
McCulloch said Williams admitted firing the shots, but said he was shooting at someone else.
“We’re not sure we buy that part of it,” McCulloch said, adding that the handgun used in the shooting has been recovered.
He said Williams was involved in the demonstration that was wrapping up when the incident took place. Williams, he said, was being held in lieu of $300,000 cash bail.
A man who participated in a protest outside the Ferguson police station Wednesday returned and fired shots — possibly at someone other than police — that wounded two officers, authorities said Sunday.
Jeffrey Williams, 20, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action. He was in custody, with cash-only bail set at $300,000.
“It is possible that he was firing at someone other than the police,” St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said at a press conference Sunday. He said there had been civilians between Williams and the officers who were wounded.
UPDATE III: Picture 20 year old Jeffrey Williams, individual with previous record who was on probation and in possession of a handgun. I am most certain he did not have a permit to carry a handgun, nor went through any of the hoop that we law-abiding citizens have to.
Pic Hat Tip – The Conservative Tree House
IF THE HORNS FIT, WEAR THEM …
The Time magazine cover has a silhouette of Hillary Clinton on it with what looks to be devil horns. What, you can’t see them, how about know with a larger pic. Intentional, unintentional, you make the call. However, I say that Time didn’t give Hillary horns, she did that all by herself.
The Dana Pretzer Show – Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – With Special Guests Fred Rosen and Dr. Dale Archer
LISTEN TO THE DANA PRETZER SHOW ON SCARED MONKEYS RADIO AT 9 PM ET
- Fred Rosen: Author and on air consultant to Investigation Discovery
- Dr Dale Archer. Discussing Brian Williams, Bill Cosby and Jodi Arias
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Daily Commentary – Monday, March 9, 2015 – Interesting Article in NY Mag about NBC News and Brian Willaims
- The article in NYMag.com talks about a meeting a few months back where Brian Williams, while at dinner with NBC execs, agrees to extend his contract another 5 years
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