A White House advisor introduced the magazine to the unreliable source.
Yes, lying journalists often are the consequence of a lying worldview, but they are also sometimes servants for political propagandists. The Washington Times reports, “Rolling Stone says White House advisor introduced U.Va. rape accuser.”
Rolling Stone’s legal filing late last week came in response to a $7.5 million libel lawsuit filed by UVa. Dean Nicole Eramo, who claims she was unfairly depicted as the “chief villain” in the now discredited article about a woman nicknamed “Jackie” who claimed she was gang-raped at a fraternity. Police who investigated the claim said they found no evidence of such an attack.
Ms. Eramo argued in her lawsuit that she was portrayed as an official working for a university “indifferent to rape on campus, and more concerned with protecting its reputation than with assisting victims of sexual assault.”
She filed her complaint shortly after Rolling Stone asked the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism to conduct an independent investigation of the article, which concluded in a scathing report published in April that the magazine disregarded “basic, even routine journalistic practice.”
But Rolling Stone’s recent legal answer adds another twist, pointing to a young woman, Emily Renda, who the magazine says played an important role in the story. According to Rolling Stone’s legal filing, Ms. Renda facilitated the introduction between the reporter, contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and the purported victim, and essentially pushed the story in Washington and in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Defendants admit that Erdely was directed to Jackie by Emily Renda, a recent UVA graduate and sexual assault survivor who, at the time she met Erdely, was an employee of UVA working on sexual assault issues,” the magazine’s filing says. “Defendants further state that the fact that Emily Renda worked at UVA and directed Erdely to Jackie, coupled with the fact that Renda included Jackie’s account of being ‘gang-raped’ by multiple fraternity men in her June 2014 congressional testimony regarding campus sexual assault issues, provided credibility to Jackie’s story.”
On June 26, 2014, just before Ms. Renda introduced Jackie and Ms. Erdely, she testified about Jackie’s incident before a U.S. congressional committee.
She also served as an adviser to a White House sexual assault task force and reportedly visited the White House six times last year.
We have pointed out other political powers behind the manufactured rape allegations in the Press before. But now we have confirmation from Rolling Stone itself. The government is spreading fear and suspicion in order to increase its own power. This is a classic game and Rolling Stone willingly acted as a state pawn.