It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!
Here are this weeks' nominees....
Alix Bryan, TV 'Journalist' And Member Of The Thought Police!
The Noisy Room : I nominate Alix Bryan, “1/3 of a kick-ass web and social media team @CBS6” in Richmond, VA for being an epic weasel and announcing on Twitter that she had reported the wildly successful GoFundMe campaign for Memories Pizza for fraud — “just in case.” I join Twitchy in asking, just in case what? That they were successful? Which they were and we can't have that, now can we? Last time I looked, people had donated almost $1 million to Memories Pizzeria in Indiana, who felt they had to close their doors after receiving death threats when they declined to supply pizza to a gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs. Donations, I might add, that came in from gay and straight alike and from both sides of the political aisle.
Hmmm... who to believe... a Progressive Marxist working for lying scum at CBS OR a Christian family? Think I'll go with the Christians.
In an “apology” tweeted Friday night, Bryan claims that she “searched for the name of the person associated with the GoFundMe account and reached out via social media,” but received no response. Now that's odd, since that account was set up by Dana Loesch's contributor Lawrence B. Jones. They made no secret of their support for the pizzeria or that they were raising money to help this family out. Bryan owes Dana Loesch, Lawrence B. Jones and Memories Pizzeria an apology. Man up, Alix... that should be easy for you.
Sounds like you've got this weaselly lying thing down pat, Alix. Actually, apologizing won't cut it. The damage has been done. You put out a blatant lie that went everywhere and you just let it wreak havoc. That's so very Alinsky of you. Then you gave a meh apology that means nothing. Maybe you should work for Barack Obama.
Male Bashing Leftist Cadre and U of VA President Teresa Sullivan!!
Don Surber : This Mustela academia arbitrarily suspended every fraternity and sorority at the University based solely on a music magazine's ludicrous, unsourced story about a gang rape. She did so without a hearing or even any modicum of a nod to jurisprudence, even though her husband is listed as a "legal scholar" by Wikipedia. She did so despite Duke University's witch hunt against its lacrosse team in 2006. But Teresa Sullivan has a lengthy career in the Mustela family, beginning as a student at the University of Michigan when she sucked up to its then-president, Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., as an intern. She climbed the ladder of college presidenting basically because she is a woman at a time when universities need women presidents because, hey, 60% of their students are. In 2012, the University of Virginia board tried to dump her, but then-Governor Bob McDonnell threatened to dump all the board members. He is now in prison for political corruption. Jann Wenner -- our Mustela trustfund-hippietis -- deserves an honorable mention, of course, but give her the Golden Weasel.
Nice Deb : I'm gonna nominate the Rolling Stone's hack reporter Sabrina Erdely who has issued an apology to an extensive list of people, but somehow managed to leave out the injured parties.
“The past few months, since my Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” was first called into question, have been among the most painful of my life. Reading the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgments in my reporting was a brutal and humbling experience. I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone’s readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the U.V.A. community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a result of my article.
“Over my 20 years of working as an investigative journalist — including at Rolling Stone, a magazine I grew up loving and am honored to work for — I have often dealt with sensitive topics and sources. In writing each of these stories I must weigh my compassion against my journalistic duty to find the truth. However, in the case of Jackie and her account of her traumatic rape, I did not go far enough to verify her story. I allowed my concern for Jackie’s well-being, my fear of re-traumatizing her, and my confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts. These are mistakes I will not make again.
“Reporting on rape has unique challenges, but the journalist still has the responsibility to get it right. I hope that my mistakes in reporting this story do not silence the voices of victims that need to be heard.”
Erdely neglected to include Phi Kappa Psi – the fraternity she defamed in her apology.
The Right Planet :Rolling Stone magazine's leading whole cloth weaver (a.k.a. "reporter"), Sabrina Rubin Erdely, decided she needed to write an article (see "narrative") detailing the alleged rape of a University of Virginia (UVA) student, allegedly named "Jackie," that highlighted the alleged "rape culture" so allegedly prevalent on today's alleged college campuses. Erdely's article titled ‘A Rape on Campus’ alleges Jackie somehow was lured into a dark room at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity where she was allegedly gang-raped by the mysterious bad boy lifeguard "Drew."
There's just one problem ... it was all fabricated. Yep. It was all just one big Harlequin rape fetish fantasy. We'll just overlook that little pesky fact that "Jackie" smeared an entire fraternity and wasted four months of police time and effort. Unsurprisingly, lefty rags like WashPo are claiming it is "Jackie" who's the true victim.
Apparently Rolling Stone is just fine with Erdely's style of "confirmation bias journalism." Sabrina Rubin Erdely is still employed at Rolling Stone magazine; and her editor reportedly has no plans of making any policy changes. According to Rolling Stone's publisher, Jann Wenner, no one's really at fault here. Besides, like George Costanza of the Seinfeld show once counseled, "It is not a lie if you believe it is true." They were just trying to "raise awareness," don't ya know. Yep, folks, you just can't make this stuff up. D'oh! My bad ... yes you can! Back out quiet (allegedly).
Rolling Stone Publisher Jann Wenner!!
The Independent Sentinel : Jann Wenner is an exceptionally fine candidate for weasel of the week.
Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner finally took the fabricated UVA rape story off the Internet, long after everyone knew it was false. He has decided not to take any disciplinary action against the editors or fact-checkers because they simply made a mistake. It wasn't intentional. This is a man who has had no problem firing anyone in the past.
The University was discredited, the three friends were humiliated and insulted in the article, and the fraternity members were ostracized, but it's not worth firing anyone over that according to Wenner.
Wenner blamed the victim who he described as “a really expert fabulist storyteller” who manipulated the magazine’s journalistic process (which obviously doesn’t exist). He blamed the author who was "willing to go too far in her effort to try and protect a victim of apparently a horrible crime. She dropped her journalistic training, scruples,and rules, and convinced Sean (editor Sean Woods) to do the same."
In the end, Wenner feels they should have been "tougher".
Maybe he should take some personal responsibility for having absolutely no journalistic standards.
Fortunately, most people know not to go to Rolling Stone for their news though there is no question they cause harm.
On Twitter, the left is blaming the right, saying that where Rolling Stone went wrong was they used right-wing standards to tell a left-wing story. The left is still painting the liar 'Jackie' as a victim and claiming that this unsubstantiated story was beneficial because it brought a real story to light. Men raping women on campuses is a favorite of the left-wing.
The fraternity is going to sue Rolling Stone and I don't mind if they put them out of business. It would be a service to the country.
Well, there it is. What a despicable group of Weasels...ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!
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