FROM Erik Wemple
Sexual Assault, Journalism and the Law Late last month, Rolling Stone magazine published a 9000-word story alleging a gang rape at the University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi house. Campus administrators suspended fraternities and began an investigation. Then the Washington Post began asking questions — discovering that three crucial witnesses had never been interviewed by Rolling Stone and that the alleged victim herself has told different stories. Rolling Stone magazine first blamed the victim when it learned of the errors. Now it's confessed to bad reporting and worse editing. The incident dramatizes the challenge of getting the story right when it comes to sexual assault on campus. Some say college officials are failing to deal with an epidemic of violence against women. Others say they're trampling on the rights of accused men. Should criminal charges be turned over to the police and government prosecutors?
The Mystery of the Missing Malaysian Plane Early today, CNN reported that two objects picked up by satellite in the sea off Australia might be debris from Malaysian Airlines flight 370. For 13 days, there's been no solid information about what really happened to Flight 370, which is still missing. But daily news coverage continues—on TV, radio and in major newspapers. CNN has hardly covered anything else — and audiences have responded by tuning in. CNN's Anderson Cooper beat Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, a rare event in the cable news world.