After several weeks of growing criticism of a story alleging that nine members of a University of Virginia fraternity gang raped a student, Rolling Stone has issued a partial retraction, admitting it “misplaced” trust in the student’s allegations.
Many Twitter users aren’t giving up the ghost, however. Numerous users took to the digital airwaves to say that, even if the original publication no longer believed its source, they still did.
It’s cute that it hasn’t occurred to any journalists that an alleged rapist might have also lied to his victim. #IStandWithJackie
— Sarah M (@sazza_jay) December 5, 2014
— ⠀klc (@kasie19RU) December 5, 2014
Several suggested that the real reason for the story’s retraction was influence from wealthy or influential alumni of the school or fraternity.
— Sean C. Davis (@seandelakaza) December 5, 2014
A few even accused Rolling Stone of joining up with the sinister forces of “rape culture.”
“Discrepancies” is all it takes to convince most of the world Jackie is a liar. Welcome to the rape culture.
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) December 5, 2014
Some have tried to move on quickly, suggesting that, true or not, the horrifying accusations against the fraternity were less important than the discussion they provoked.
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