Rieder: Lessons of 'Rolling Stone' debacle

April 6, 2015 9:33 PM

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Discussing his school's devastating report on Rolling Stone's terribly botched story on an alleged gang rape, Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, said Monday that one of the inquiry's objectives was to serve as a teaching moment.

The most basic lesson, of course, has been obvious since The Washington Post and other news outlets began to pick the Rolling Stone story apart late last year. And that's that you don't go with a story until you have it nailed down. The reporting lapses highlighted in great detail by the Columbia re...

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