Friday, October 21, 2016

An update on the U-VA hoax rape

I just read Rolling Stone reporter says ‘Jackie’ deceived her about U-Va. gang rape - The Washington Post. If you're familiar with this story, the second half is more interesting.

Having been mobbed, I have enormous sympathy for Eramo. I want to have sympathy for Erdeley, too—she's a victim of the simplistic "believe the victim" meme of postmodern feminism—but as a journalist, she had a duty to, as Ronald Reagan said about the USSR, trust but verify. There is no contradiction in being supportive of someone who claims to have suffered while continuing to investigate the truth. For a journalist, that's an obligation. I can't tell from the article whether Erdeley understands that yet. She's quoted as saying, “It was a mistake to rely on someone whose intent it was to deceive me.” That's not true. It was a mistake to rely on anyone, because journalists can't see into anyone's heart. The job is to constantly seek the truth knowing you will never find the full truth.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Social justice versus civil rights: on free speech and hate speech

Supporting free speech is a civil rights concern. Outlawing hate speech is a social justice concern. What hate speech opponents do not understand is that free speech must include the right to offend.

See The right to free speech means nothing without the right to offend | Jodie Ginsberg.