Rolling Stone, however, instantly believed Jackie's incredible story about a group of men brazenly plotting a felony, never mind a horrendously evil act. Ms. Erdely and her editors also convinced themselves that university administrators would callously ignore such an act and that the atmosphere was so poisonous at UVA that even Jackie's friends cared more about attending frat parties (where brutal gang rapes allegedly were part of initiations) than calling the police. When the story began to unravel, Ms. Erdely told skeptics not to get "sidetracked" from the "overarching point of the article." What mattered to Ms. Erdely, the editors and the activists was the "rape crisis" narrative, not the facts. Put the system on trial, damn the evidence. Perhaps that's why, even now, Ms. Erdely won't apologize to the fraternity members she slandered — they're still the villains (though fear of a lawsuit might be a factor, too).