Alex Pinkleton is a University of Virginia student, a rape survivor, and a friend of Jackie, the subject of Rolling Stone's disputed article "A Rape on Campus." She speaks with Brian Stelter about discrepancies in Jackie's story and her anger at the writer of the Rolling Stone article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.
"I think that she should have fact-checked, and I'm really upset and angry, like a lot of people are, that that didn't happen and now we're in a very difficult situation," Pinkleton said.
Pinkleton said that Erdely has tried to contact her since controversy erupted over the article, but that she has declined to speak with Erdely.
"I think her intentions were good," Pinkleton said. "I just think that the job was done poorly, and I am upset with that aspect of it, but I also know that she was trying to come from a point of advocacy. But as a reporter, you can't be like an advocate and support a story and listen to it and think everything is true and then report on it without trying to figure out if it's true. My job as an advocate was never to question Jackie's story or question the details, because I didn't need to. But the role that she's in as a reporter, she needed to do that."