Former Rolling Stone Reporter Toure: These Editors ‘Take the Responsibility’ Seriously
TOURE: "Joining us, analyst, Lisa Green, author of the book on your case. I worked at Rolling Stone for over a decade. I know all the guys involved in this very well. I how good they are, I know how hard they work, I know how seriously they take the responsibility of putting out this magazine. But they will be the first ones to tell you they dropped the ball in a big way in this situation. The man who edited this story Sean Woods told The New York Times, ultimately we were too deferential to our rape victim and honored too many of her requests in our reporting, we should have been much tougher. Is all of this from the Rolling Stone side of this, is this about a lack of skepticism and not being tough enough on the story or the reporter or is this the challenge of reporting a rape story and not wanting to revictimize the reporter."
GREEN: "It is about navigating the channels and you have a case that anyone who has worked in journalism, whether as a lawyer as a journalism and you can see how this happens. You fall in love with your story and sometimes you forget to vet and ask that oppositional question, what if it isn't true. And there is the promine, if she says she loves you, check it out. And with a serious national problem you are not assisted by your skepticism in the organization whose lowelly job is -- oez lowelly job is to say are you sure, it is important."