Unethical Journalism May Cost Rolling Stone $7.5 Million
(Last Updated On: November 5, 2016)

“Ethics in journalism” has been mocked by enthusiast and mainstream media journalists alike. They lied about #GamerGate calling it a “harassment campaign” based on nothing but hearsay, and defamed anyone who wanted better ethics in media journalism; they thought they could libel and defame their way to fame, and that no matter how many lies they told it would all be accepted under the banner of fighting for Social Justice. Well, Rolling Stone learned the hard (and expensive) way that being an SJW and ignoring facts to push an agenda, libel people and defame them, comes at a cost… a $7.5 million dollar cost.

Adland.tv reported that the Rolling Stone article about the UVA rape – a fake story that cost people their reputation at the University of Virginia and in the public eye – has crippled the magazine dearly. The court has ruled against Rolling Stone, finding them guilty on the charges of libel and defamation.

According to the New York Post, UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo could be awarded $7.5 million in the verdict, [Update 11/5/2016: with additional damages to possibly follow]. Eramo was dragged through the mud by the media for not being more proactive against the group of young men accused of rape, even though it turned out that the rape never occurred.

The Rolling Stone stood by the story for as long as possible after publishing it in late 2014, but eventually had to retract the story in 2015 after critical investigations into the piece revealed that the whole thing was based on a fabrication with zero evidence.

The magazine and other media outlets tried using the excuse that stories like the UVA rape case and “Mattress Girl” were “conversation starters” and that it helped bring awareness to “rape culture”. The reality is that these fabrications lessen the importance of real rape victims and real rape cases, and it makes it difficult to believe stories from actual victims when these situations do arise.

The outcome of the situation involving Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Erdely has led some people to start investigating previous stories, as some have questioned if perhaps other stories may have been in result of fabrication as well.

At the end of the day, the jury brought down the hammer of justice against the magazine because they believe in something that Rolling Stone doesn’t… ethics in media journalism.

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  • EricReed2772

    Good, take them to the cleaners.

  • Fenrir007

    The real people who should get this money are the boys falsely accused of rape.

  • ab_gn

    Um. I don’t want to be that person, but, in the first paragraph, under line 5, did you mean accepted and not accept and second paragraph, second line, you typed ‘their’ twice.

    • Actually, thanks for being that person. Missed it the first time around.

      *Fixed.

  • Shogun1x

    The hammer of justice…
    Has a nice ring to it.

  • anopolis

    what happened? How did we get this far down this curvy path where ethics aren’t even a bump in the road? Do any of these so called journalists get all bothered about being lying asswipes? It would bug the shit outta me, not that i’m Mr. honest or anything but damn…a journalist, a real one, is quite the noble profession. You get to find the truth, get what really happens and expose those that would do evil..kinda like a superhero with less punching. FUCK the media..i’d sooner trust a T-rex in the hen house..thats an old country saying

  • Arbitrary

    Burn, motherfuckers.

    That scum should be in jail.

  • Alistair

    Ahh what bitter sweet for them. & sweet moment for us.

    You see there always some one that will take note. Do not think you get things done unnotice.

    In this case that some one is the count. The press did sqat all when readers & gamers speak out but will have to listen to the counts.

    Gawker think the same way, till the court say otherwise.

    Keep spinning your lies, till you cease to be.

  • Hawk Hopper

    The magazine and other media outlets tried using the excuse that stories like the UVA rape case and “Mattress Girl” were “conversation starters” and that it helped bring awareness to “rape culture”.

    Q: How do we start a conversation?
    Answer by Rolling Stone: We could find a college rape that actually happened, but we’ll listen and believe some crazy bitch instead!

    • Alistair

      Listen and believe = a hear say.

  • C G Saturation

    Not enough. They should be in jail, or worse. Drain the swamp.

    Speaking of unethical, Twitter is reportedly censoring #SpiritCooking and artificially boosting #RememberWhenTrump
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5b7neh/spiritcooking_replaced_by_antitrump_hashtag/

    How many times now has Twitter been caught manipulating stuff to push an agenda? That ought to be illegal.

    • Alistair

      Mmm fresh breast milk & a male cum in the morning is a wonderful way to start the day. (Spirit cooking)

      I can see line of women & men to be milked like cows 🐮

      That very nice isn’t it,

  • Grey

    Sadly maybe too little and too late for the guys of the frat house. Despite being the actual victims in the situation, the social justice crusaders still want to treat them as if they were guilty. Can’t be a lot of fun, being martyred for someone elses cause.

  • giygas

    What goes around, comes around.

  • eltonBorges

    Fantastic!