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Networks Note Rolling Stone Retraction -- But Leaped On the Initial Report

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<p>See more in the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/12/06/networks-fail-expo…; target="_blank">cross-post</a> on the Newsbusters blog.</p>

<p>When the now-retracted article by the <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine about a brutal gang rape of a first-year student at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia was published on November 19, the major broadcast networks rushed to the story and devoted multiple segments to both the article and reaction on the school&rsquo;s campus.&nbsp;</p>

<p>In doing so, they failed to point out its flaws that brought an apology from the liberal magazine on Friday afternoon after it came to realize that many of the key facts in the story were in doubt. Further, the reporter at the center of the piece, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, neglected to even seek comment or a telling of events from those alleged to have attacked the UVA student referred to as &ldquo;Jackie.&rdquo;</p>

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