UVA Rape Hoax Blowup Makes Jezebel Look Like Fools

One of my biggest problem with rad fem rags like Jezebel, is that they always insist on listening and believing every single rape accuser that comes down the pike. This goes against my inner defense attorney spirit. I naturally give people the presumption of innocence, no matter what they’re accused of. Time and time again, I’ve seen talking heads like Amanda MarcotteJessica Valenti, and the third-rate hacks at Jezebel, refuse to doubt ANY female accuser. Take a look at Marcotte from yesterday, quite rightly described by Twitchy as “off the deep end:”

Uh, I don’t know anyone who’s saying that, Amanda. What the fuck are you talking about, exactly? It’s almost like you’re trying to setup a straw-man argument that doesn’t actually exist. Of course our foes wouldn’t do such a thing, right? I’m being sarcastic, of course. They makes their living off intellectually dishonest trash like this. I could show you more Marcotte madness, but I really came here to talk about Jezebel, and Gawker Media.

Few outlets went as far as Jezebel and Gawker did in backing this hoax. Anna Merlan, for example, wrote a column on Monday that looks laughable, in retrospect:


Actually, yes, it does now appear to be a giant hoax, Anna. To her credit, she did issue a half-assed apology yesterday. The problem is, she still doesn’t take full blame, instead shifting responsibility over to Rolling Stone. She’s right, they could have done better. But, it’s still her responsibility as a citizen to remain skeptical when allegations like these are made, especially when there’s no other backing besides one accuser’s word:

“This is really, really bad. It means, of course, that when I dismissed Richard Bradley and Robby Soave’s doubts about the story and called them “idiots” for picking apart Jackie’s account, I was dead fucking wrong, and for that I sincerely apologize. It means that my conviction that Sabrina Rubin Erdely had fact-checked her story in ways that were not visible to the public was also wrong. It’s bad, bad, bad all around. (And, frankly, it could have been avoided, had Erdely been clearer in her disclosures about what she’d done to reach Jackie’s alleged attackers and what her agreement with the girl had been. This announcement wouldn’t be producing nearly the same shockwaves if those things had been clearly outlined.)”

So, she’s still ducking blame, but at least there’s a starting point. Over on the main Gawker site, they’re not willing to go that far. Instead our old friend Sam Biddle spends his time casting doubt on the fraternity’s statement. He’s a true believer, if there ever was one. I guess he doesn’t have any good bullying targets for the holidays, so he’s taken to propping up false rape allegations, instead. Whatever the case, he’s just as odious as he’s ever been:

So, Gawker has now taken a harder SJW position that even Jezebel. A couple of months ago, I might be surprised by this, but then again, probably not. Gawker has been the shithole of the Internet for many years now. Who knows if Biddle even believes the propaganda he writes. It doesn’t even matter at this point. They just spit out any old controversial take in order to get clicks, whether they believe in it, or not.

Sam Biddle, Gawker, and Jezebel continue to look like fools. We just have to sit back, and expose their bullshit. Discredit them in the eyes of the masses every time they step out of line.  They’ll always have their audience, but we can shrink it, while we simultaneously build our own. GamerGate has brought more troops to the battle. The people who have been doing this for years were very happy to see us. Don’t worry, Based Mom. We’re not going anywhere.

 

 

 

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.