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Megyn Kelly’s response to guys smeared in Rolling Stone rape story

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Monday took a look at Rolling Stone magazine’s disgraceful hoax of a gang rape story by interviewing two of the key figures in the case – young men the celebrated “counterculture” magazine never got around to talking to last fall.

It was too busy making them look like monsters.

Ryan Duffin and Alex Stock are University of Virginia students unfortunate enough to have been friends with the young woman — known to the public only as “Jackie” — who fabricated the story of a monstrous fraternity gang rape in September 2012.

In the article, they were portrayed as having been more concerned with their reputations on campus and in the Greek system than in helping the alleged victim get medical help or file a criminal report. In short, they fit – or were made to fit – every leftist stereotype of American campus culture.

In Kelly’s exclusive interview, the men identified only by pseudonyms in the Rolling Stone article, describe how they were never contacted by the magazine – and didn’t even know their friend was talking to the reporter until the story was published in November.

Quoting from the article, Kelly asked Duffin, “you said you didn’t want to be part of the blank-show, the s-show. Did that ever happen?”

“I was never contacted by Jackie or any of the other staff at Rolling Stone prior to the publication of the article,” Duffin said.

“Unbelievable,” Kelly said.

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Duffin and Stock seem to have no problems with “Jackie,” who’s apparently a deeply troubled young woman, but the magazine is a different story — and should be held accountable for the false account. The fraternity named in the Rolling Stone report, Phi Kappa Psi, announced Monday it is moving forward with a lawsuit against Rolling Stone for the harm it suffered after the story’s publication.

But there’s a broader lesson here, Duffin said.

“I really think it’s important that Rolling Stone and other media outlets look at this more as a story of what not to do in reporting, so that in future reports they can be more confident the reports themselves are accurate,” he said.

“You’re cute,” Kelly said sarcastically, pointing out that the media should have already learned its lesson from other disasters of credulous — or dishonest — reporting in campus rape cases, most notably the rape hoax perpetrated against the Duke lacrosse team  in 2006.

Rolling Stone has retracted the story and commissioned a report published Sunday that brands the whole enterprise a “journalistic failure.”

It was worse than that. It was the leftist “rape culture” agenda running wild.

And these two men – smeared even through a pseudonym — got in the way.

CORRECTION: This post originally quoted Kelly’s response to Duffin’s statement as “acute.” A check with Fox after publication, however, confirmed Kelly said “cute.” The text has been modified accordingly.

 

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