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December 14th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Student source for Rolling Stone's disputed UVA rape story speaks out

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."


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  1. R. Wright

    One wonders about about the reading habits of both Alex Pinkleton and Brian Steltor. Did either one ever read "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee? It is an American classic.

    Or "Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke La Crosse Rape Case, by K.C. Johnson.

    One wonders what kind of education is being provided at UVA? Perhaps these should be required texts for every first year students at the University of Virginia.

    December 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  2. Strange times

    Shouldn't Alex be angry at her friend Jackie?

    December 17, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  3. Steve Sailer

    The Washington Times has now tracked down how Jackie spoofed the text messages to catfish "Drew" / Haven into seeming existence:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/washington-times-how-jackies-catfish-spoof-worked/

    December 16, 2014 at 1:57 am | Reply
  4. Astrokid NJ

    Oh.. Jackie's "rape" may have some fabrications, but THIS chick.. Alex Pinkleton..is REAL DEAL RAPE! LOL
    She had too much to drink, and the other person has less to drink, and when she came to, he was on top of her. And we are supposed to believe that hers is TRUE RAPE!

    What Bollocks. Damsels in distress everywhere, and White Knights coming to their rescue and throwing other men under the bus. What a joke. This is the famed FEMINIST EQUALITY. Same as CHIVALRY.

    December 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • J

      I have known Alex for more years than your rotting brain could probably keep track of. She is an honest person and you don't have a clue what you are talking about.

      December 16, 2014 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • Mary

      If the movement for feminist equality means agreeing that it's wrong for a man to have sex with an unconsenting and unconscious female, sign me up.

      December 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • Astrokid NJ

        You should also sign up for the Stalinist movement for equality of workers. Stalinist equality means workers should be equal to capitalists.

        Dumbing things down is the hallmark of feminists. Thats why you are getting shafted and exposed in every corner of the internet, even with White Knights like Brian Stelter in media.

        December 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Steve Sailer

    C'mon, you are five days behind the Washington Post on the real question: did "Drew" - Jackie's purported Dream Date / Gang Rape Organizer - ever exist or did Jackie just catfish him into electronic existence to make "Randall" jealous?

    December 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  6. Sabrina No Source

    Jackie created a fake person "Drew", a fake email account, a fake photo, fake messages and a fake date, and Brian chose NOT to mention any of this on air. How can you call your show Reliable Sources, when you only tell one side. Disgusting.

    December 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Reply

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