Rolling Stone has been found liable for defamation by a federal civil jury in Charlottesville Va in the suit filed by Dean Nicole Eramo. The CNN story is by Julia Horowitz. Lauren Berg has a story for the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
The magazine was found liable, including the republication of the article with notes, a finding which is seen as troubling by some journalism professors.
The original reporter and publisher Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was found “originally” liable. The story was viewed as “preconceived.” But Eramo had to achieve a high standard, of showing malice or reckless disregard for the truth, for a public figure.
The CNN article asks how the reporter will write again, but the magazine stands behind her.
Columbia Journalism Review found the incident a “failure that was avoidable”.
The ruling seemed to include the idea that propagating defaming material to a larger audience than before adds to the offense.