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U-Va.-Rolling Stone e-mails highlight university’s attempt to correct magazine — Newly released emails show University of Virginia officials telling a Rolling Stone journalist that a sexual assault incident she was reporting on was "objectively false." The pushback was part of a largely collegial set of interactions in the months leading up to publication of the magazine's highly flawed Nov.

Politico editor Susan Glasser: We’re in a ‘period of growth and rising ambition’ — Since the start of 2014, about 40 reporters, editors and producers have left Politico. They include names like ex-executive editor Rick Berke, longtime political reporter Jonathan Allen, acclaimed longform writer Jason Zengerle, reporters Alex Burns, Patrick Gavin, Reid Epstein and many, many others. (See a full list at the bottom of this post.)

14 Stephen Colbert remembrances in one! — How unanimous is the American media on the conquests and contributions of Stephen Colbert? Unanimous enough that the remembrances out there on the Internet are getting impossible to tell apart. And sewing together a compilation pulling 14 paragraphs from different iterations into a relatively coherent remembrance isn't such a tall task.

Rolling Stone’s U-Va. story: What about the other two alleged gang rapes? — Rolling Stone magazine had every reason to believe that its story alleging that a freshman named Jackie was gang-raped on Sept. 28, 2012, by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia would stir a furor.

U-Va. rape survivor: Rolling Stone reporter had ‘an agenda’ — More evidence that bias drove Rolling Stone's awful story on rape at the University of Virginia: In an interview with CNN's Brian Stelter, Alex Pinkleton, a rape survivor and U-Va. student, said of Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who wrote " A Rape on Campus ": "I think she had her heart in the right place.

Rolling Stone begins fully reporting its rape story — The Rolling Stone story by Sabrina Rubin Erdely titled " A Rape on Campus, " alleging a September 2012 gang-rape of a then-freshman student named Jackie, was published Nov. 19. Several weeks later, it appears, the magazine is attempting to report it out.

Fiery atheist leader: Fox News is ‘afraid of me’ — It was a widely viewed segment, back in November 2012: David Silverman, president of American Atheists, debated Fox News host Bill O'Reilly about Jesus Christ, Christmas trees, federal holidays, fascism, religion and philosophy. You know, an installment in O'Reilly's yearly war on the "War on Christmas."

A former New Republic staffer does a great impression of Leon Wieseltier — The New Yorker just published a deeply reported piece by Ryan Lizza on the tumult at the New Republic, a genuine Washington drama that went down late last week as the magazine announced the departures of top editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier.

Leon Wieseltier: ‘I don’t want to make a career out of the disaster’ — Leon Wieseltier's 30-year-plus run as literary editor of the New Republic ended last week, as Publisher Chris Hughes effected a " purge" of the 100-year-old title along with a revised strategy under CEO Guy Vidra and new top editor Gabriel Snyder.

On CNN, former CIA director Michael Hayden defends a ‘medical procedure’ — Jake Tapper anchors "The Lead" at 4 p.m. on CNN. He comes at his guests with short, direct questions, listens to the answers and plows through his interviews. Rarely does he come off as "dumbfounded," as he confessed today after a tense interview.
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Dec 19, 2014

U-Va. officials told Rolling Stone that its reporting on one sexual assault (not Jackie's) was "objectively false."

Dec 19, 2014

Just what do all the departures from @Politico add up to?

Dec 19, 2014

U-Va. dissed Erdely's requests to speak with anyone but U-Va. prez Sullivan. They wanted her to be "institutional voice" for the story.

Dec 19, 2014

In one e-mail, Erdely tells rape survivor that due to length constraints, she cannot divulge "full contours" of her situation.

Dec 19, 2014

In two specific instances, U-Va. e-mailed Rolling Stone to say that its facts about rape allegations were incorrect.

Dec 19, 2014

U-Va. told Rolling Stone in one e-mail: "We are concerned that any story be factually accurate..."

Dec 19, 2014

U-Va. spox told Erdely that fed privacy laws prohibit disclosure of specific incidents.

Dec 19, 2014

U-Va. spox got word that Erdely was hearing about a student who'd raped three women and was merely suspended. Said that was false.

Dec 19, 2014

After getting go-round from U-Va., Erdely gets tough: "My art. will obv. mention way UVA has sought to restrict" access....

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