Worst Liberal Reactions to Rolling Stone Apology

December 8th, 2014 4:06 PM

Editor's Note: Language Warning

When the news broke Friday that Rolling Stone Magazine (sort of) recanted it’s scandalous story of a brutal rape on the UVA campus, now thought to be based on a false account, conservatives blamed Rolling Stone for not vetting its sources well while Liberals trashed Rolling Stone too but for a different reason: “victim blaming.” To the left, this wasn’t a case of a magazine writing up a story based on an unverified account, but a slip up that affected their “rape culture” agenda. That’s why feminist Politico writer Julia Horowitz could say, “to let fact checking define the narrative would be a huge mistake.” Her sentiment wasn’t alone. Here are more terrible ways the left misdirected their anger to prove a political point:

Jessica Valenti, outspoken feminist writer for The Guardian:

Somehow sister Vanessa Valenti, co-founder of Feministing, managed to turn this into a conversation about illegal immigration?

CNN’s Sally Kohn went on a tweeting frenzy, ...even comparing the trust in the Rolling Stone story to the trust Americans put in the Bush Administration’s “weapons of mass destruction.”

Van Jones on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos roundtable Sunday cited a small study from 2007 which claimed one in five women were raped on college campuses, a number which has been debunked over and over again, yet liberals continue to cite as gospel. He then claimed,

“This mistake on the part of the Rolling Stone actually emboldens people who want to attack young women’s credibility when they come forward.”

Or as MSNBC Chris Hayes charmingly put it: