A University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Tuesday, alleging that the magazine portrayed her as callous and indifferent to allegations of sexual assault on campus and made her the university’s “chief villain” in a now-debunked story about a fraternity gang rape.Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner Media and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville, Va. The magazine retracted the story after news organizations and the Columbia University journalism school found serious flaws in it.
(Associate Dean) Eramo, who is the university’s chief administrator dealing with sexual assaults, argues in the lawsuit that the story destroyed her credibility, permanently damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress. She assailed the (Rolling Stone) account as containing numerous falsehoods that the magazine could have avoided if it had worked to verify the story of its main character(.)
The root of the problem.
There is much concern expressed these days about young people who have become radicalized and have embraced militant Islam. Little reporting is done, however, on the degree to which the mainstream media have become radicalized and are playing their role in the dissemination and enforcement of militant secularism and the marginalization of opinions that dissent from the politically correct status quo.
In the frantic effort to attract large volumes of traffic, to in turn bring in advertisers, websites often turn to all manner of SEO (search engine optimization) manipulation and sensational, empty-calorie fare. (USA TODAY is hardly immune to this development.)—Rieder, 2014.