Three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia filed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Wednesday for a now-retracted article the magazine published about a gang rape.
In April, Rolling Stone officially retracted an article written by Sabrina Erdely which told of the rape of a UVA student identified as “Jackie” at a party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. Fraternity members denied any wrongdoing and Charlottesville, Va., police said there was no evidence to support the story.
But months passed between the story was published and when it was officially walked back. During that time, three former members of the fraternity said people identified them as being involved in the fictitious rape based on details in the story.
The only way to get the irresponsible, leftist agenda-driven media to stop trying to ruin lives is to hit them in the wallets. Boycotts are not always effective, and often only provide fleeting financial discomfort. The mere threat of prolonged legal action and its attendant costs, however, can often be enough to change even the most rabid ideologues.
Liberty-loving Americans should get behind the funding of some deep-pocketed legal advocates (some of which already exist, but more are needed) to enable vigilance regarding the relentless Constitution trampling antics of the Left.
Thus far, Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely have been pretty unapologetic about making this heinous story up, which makes the entire incident all the more galling.