Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Malice in Blunderland

Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Malice in Blunderland, by Steve Sailer.

Rolling Stone posted Erdely’s 9,000-word blood libel on Nov. 19 2014 about how a U. of Virginia freshman coed named Jackie had been gang-raped on broken glass by seven fraternity brothers as part of an initiation ritual.

That night a mob of Social Justice Warriors reenacted their own Kristallnacht, smashing the windows of the Phi Kappa Psi frat house. (No one has ever been arrested for this hate crime.) …

The fraternity’s litigation against Rolling Stone is upcoming, but the current trial is over the $7.85 million case brought by Nicole Eramo, the UVA bureaucrat who counseled Jackie Coakley. Erdely portrayed Eramo as a sort of sonderkommando in charge of covering up all the young women raped by the vicious blond white male Republican power structure at UVA.

That the people who knew Coakley best at UVA didn’t take her ever-changing lies seriously just convinced Erdely that they were all part of the rape-culture conspiracy too.

The meat of the whole issue:

The bigger picture is that we live in a culture where a liberal Jewish feminist journalist like Erdely is paid well to vilify as haters those she hates, and is seldom asked to recognize that she’s projecting her own racist animus upon the victims of her bigotry such as Eramo and Phi Kappa Psi.

Because of how much insight it offers into Hillary Clinton’s America, here’s the key thing to remember about the Haven Monahan hoax: Virtually every single professional journalist in the country believed (or at least submitted to) the Erdely-Coakley bad craziness. The New York Times, for instance, treated it as gospel.

The first journalism professional to question this lurid clusterfake was financial editor Richard Bradley on his blog five days after publication. …

The larger question of why the mainstream media were so credulous about this palpable fraud has, of course, been of negligible interest to the mainstream media.

The story was a hoax intended to make young Jackie’s love interest notice her. However the SJWs and the leftist media fell for it completely, despite its massive implausibility, because it played to their prejudices and because it could be used as a vehicle for smearing and harming their cultural opponents.

Erdely’s article was part of the well-organized push by the Obama Administration over the purported “rape culture on campus” crisis.

This is not to say that there is a vast left-wing conspiracy among the federal government, the Democratic Party, and the news media (but not to deny it, either). Let’s just assume that there is much coordination about what is going to be treated as big news and what isn’t.

Back during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, for example, it was mandatory to Believe the Women.

But after Bill and Hillary were sent to the White House in the Year of the Woman as a package deal, all sorts of women started accusing Bill of sexual harassment and even rape. At that point the orthodoxy became that we must Move On past such he said/she said trivialities as who raped whom. …

[T]hese hate hoaxes about evil straight white males are the KKKrazy Glue that holds together the Democratic Party, so nobody should dare notice the pattern, at least not until after Nov. 8.