Monday, April 06, 2015
Sometimes, though rarely, a reporter will fess up and admit that a story was wrong. Here is a spectacular case. It took an impartial investigation to determine that Rolling Stone's writer was duped and the publication with it. One should not expect this to happen often. A reporter will fight tenaciously to vet and protect sources. Editors who have checked and rechecked an article will not readily pronounce it wrong. In this sensational case, it was, and the reputational fall-out will be felt for months, if not years, to come.