Of course not. From Daily Caller:
Ten years have passed since a woman falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape. The claim led to a months-long media frenzy and spurred national outrage at the alleged crime of the young defendants.
Every outlet under the sun was willing to believe wholeheartedly the story that district attorney, Mike Nifong, was propagating and took it as fact that the three white Duke students viciously raped a black woman.
Since that time, America learned that the story was completely bogus. Authorities zealously pursued it because one district attorney thought it would help him get re-elected. (Note: it actually did.)
ESPN aired a documentary on the event Sunday which castigated its media compatriots — while excluding itself — who bought into the insidious lie and exposed how unthinking outrage forever ruined the lives of three innocent young men.More.
So? Why let fact get in the way of a Correct narrative? There’s another case coming up at Yale:
Montague, a senior, was expelled in February just a few weeks before earning his degree. While Yale officials haven’t commented on the reasons for his departure, citing academic privacy laws, it was an open secret that Montague was kicked out due to an allegation of sexual misconduct. Among other things, Montague was targeted by posters placed around campus that urged his basketball teammates (who wore practice t-shirts to show solidarity with him) to “stop supporting a rapist.”
Now, Montague is preparing to go to war with the university, claiming he was the victim of a school bureaucracy desperate to show that it could be tough on assault. In a statement released Monday on The Tab, a college news website, Montague’s attorneys said he is planning to sue Yale, and laid out an argument that would, if true, be a severe indictment of Yale’s procedures.
Reality check: The growing reliance on narrative rather than fact is a symptom of the decline of the importance of mass media, one that is celebrated within the communications industries (where many apparently do not realize the significance of the trend). For example, the film about Rathergate portraying the culprits as heroes and a whitewash in the works about Chappaquidick tell us that media legends are not the public’s legends any more. And media causes today are very often not the public’s causes at all!
And most universities will not survive MOOCs in the form that would enable this kind of witch hunt.
See also: Progressive Outrage Machine Targets Ottawa Pro-Life Group through legacy media—who never ask whether anyone but themselves and the Outrage group care)
Is there a future for serious journalism – except at panel discussions?
Hot new degree: Mob studies