Does Frat Have a Case Against Rolling Stone Over Retracted Gang Rape Story?
Rolling Stone magazine on Sunday formally retracted a discredited story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.
An independent review, done by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism at Rolling Stone's request, dubbed the article a "journalistic failure at every level."
Deneen Borelli said on "America's Newsroom" that the author of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was trying to advance a "war on women" narrative and didn't do her due diligence in her reporting.
As far as possible charges being filed over the article, Judge Andrew Napolitano said there is no such charge as group libel or group defamation in the U.S., just individual.
Since none of the alleged gang rapists were named in the article, that hurts a potential plaintiffs' case, Judge Nap said.
"If the fraternity were to sue, they run the risk of having it dismissed because the law says you cannot defame a fraternity," Judge Nap explained. "But they also run the chance of getting the law changed because the facts in this case are so extreme."
"If the article had named individuals, we'd be talking an entirely different ballgame."
Watch more in the "America's Newsroom" clip above.
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