Wednesday, December 31, 2014

(Related update 3): What? Liberal Media Bias in Coverage of the "Rape Epidemic"? No Way...

Related update 3:  This update gets to the same point as the two posts below, but from an entirely unexpected source.  From Mark Perry (of course!):
The rise and fall of the distractingly false claim that “one in five women is sexually assaulted in college” is the biggest math story of the year.
Find out more here about the “Biggest Math Story of 2014,” a story of statistical fraud that reaches all the way into the Oval Office, and one that was reported on this blog numerous times this year.

Related update 2 - 12/17/14:  With a hat tip to Mark Perry, here's OLS heroine Christina Hoff Sommers explaining the nonsense behind the Rolling Stones hack job on the supposed UVA fraternity gang rape:

Related update 12/15/14: Reynolds is at again with his latest USA Today article.  Here's the opening paragraph:
Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the evidence accumulates it's becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism.
No, I'm not talking about the Rolling Stone's lurid and now-exploded fraternity gang-rape story. Whatever the truth behind that story, it's now clear that basically nothing that Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely told us happened, actually happened. But the hoax is much bigger than one overwrought and perhaps entirely fictional tale of campus goings-on.
This is also a worthwhile article, particularly if you're not up to speed on this topic.

Original post 12/10/14: Except way, of course.  OLS hero Glenn Reynolds takes on the MSM on the topic in his latest USA Today column.  In his opening paragraph he sets the stage, suggesting the all rapes are not equal when it comes to media coverage:
Rape is a terrible crime and deserves the harshest punishment and condemnation. Yet, in the public sphere, all rapes are not created equal. There are rapes that support the preferred narrative, and there are rapes that do not. The former tend to be much more publicized in the press than the latter, as a few recent examples illustrate
Click here to see the examples he details and to read the rest of this worthwhile article.  And for more on this latest example of liberal social crisis engineering, see here.  Also, from a recent entry at Instapundit, there's this article arguing, correctly I believe, that we should publish the names of rape accusers.  You want to reduce the number of false rape accusations? Publishing names and punishing liars ought to do it.