No one at Rolling Stone magazine is going to be fired: How can that be?
Rolling Stone wants the damning report by Columbia Journalism School to be a moment when the magazine begins to restore its battered reputation. But observers are asking if it can really do that without any punishment for staff members.
The report detailed the cascading failures in the writing, editing and fact-checking of “A Rape on Campus,” the magazine’s shocking account of a gang rape at the University of Virginia. Investigators have concluded that there is no evidence the rape occurred.
The reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and the magazine’s top editor, Will Dana, say they are taking responsibility for the failures.