Now that the facts have been laid bare, “A Rape on
published in November, joins America’s rogues’ gallery of
journalism scandals. For ease of reference, the scandals can be
divided into three general categories (excluding the recent
phenomenon of television figures telling tall-tale war stories).
The first two are straightforward. There is pure fabrication, for
which high-profile culprits include Jayson Blair (The New York
Times), Stephen Glass (The New Republic) and, going back a little
further, Janet Cooke (The Washington Post). And there is the act
of plagiarism (culprits too numerous to list).
“A Rape on Campus” falls into a third category: lack of