Rolling Stone Issues An Apology For Failing To Fact Check UVA Rape Story

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(PCM) Rolling Stone magazine recently ran a controversial story in regards to the alleged gang rape that took place at the University of Virginia. In the story which was published on November 19th “Jackie” and unidentified UVA student claimed that she was gang raped at a party held by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on campus back in 2012.

In the story, “Jackie” shared gruesome and shocking details about the attack and claims that attacks such as hers often go unreported at UVA. The piece was incredibly embarrassing to the University and an investigation was launched by school officials and the local police. All Greek life activities were suspended after the story was published as well.

It now seems that there have been several discrepancies found within “Jackie’s” story and critics began to seriously questions Rolling Stone journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s research and reporting methods.

Erdely spent several months speaking with “Jackie”, her friends and university officials, but never once questioned the man accused of rape “Drew” or any other men at the fraternity house.

In the story “Jackie” said that “Drew” worked as a lifeguard during the time of the attack back in 2012. However, research by the fraternity shows that at no time did any member of their fraternity work at the aquatic center in 2012. “Jackie” also said that the attack occurred at a party that was held four weeks into the school year, however the fraternity house also counters back that they did not have a social event or date function anywhere near that weekend in question.

They also go on to claim that their pledging and initiation process occurs during the spring rather than the fall semester and say “Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process. This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim.” 

Rolling Stone magazine had the following apology posted on the website in regards to the story and anyone it may have affected saying “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.”

 

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Newspaper Apologizes For Racist Obama Cartoon

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(PCM) Recently, The Boston Herald ran a cartoon that depicted President Obama in the White House bathroom brushing his teeth with a white man sitting the bathtub behind him asking “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”.

The creator of the cartoon, Jerry Holbert claims that he created the cartoon to mock the recent secret service security breach that occurred at the White House and makes fun of the fact that media is reporting that the intruder got further onto the property than initially reported.

The Boston Herald has now issued a public apology for running the cartoon after they received a ton of backlash from the public deeming the cartoon to be incredibly racist. People specifically called out the use of “watermelon” as the toothpaste flavor chosen as it completely plays off the stereotype that African American people are particularly fans of that particular fruit flavor.

Holbert however stands by his claim that the cartoon was not meant to be racist and it was only meant to showcase light-hearted humor about the situation, not to offend. He says he chose watermelon as the flavor because that is the flavor of Colgate toothpaste that he happened to see in his kid’s bathroom the morning he created the sketch.

When the cartoon was set to be published in the syndicate newspapers, Holbert was asked to change “watermelon” to “raspberry” to which he complied even though his expressed disagreement. He does regret not alerting the Herald to the syndicates requested change.

For the record, Holbert also claims that he detests racist humor and would never purposefully contribute to it, however it does appear his cartoon suggested otherwise!

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TV Game Jeopardy In Hot Water Over Sexist Category

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(PCM) Long-running hit television game show “Jeopardy” fired up quite the social media storm after one of its’ categories called “What Women Want” was deemed incredibly sexist.

What really seemed to have people up in arms was not so much the name of the category itself, but rather the answers to some of the questions which included vacuum cleaners and Pilates for example.

Apparently, this is not the first time that Jeopardy has received some criticism for the way that it handles gender equality. Many feel that host Alex Trebek doesn’t praise the female contestants success on the show the same way that he does a man and also many of the shows categories and questions are geared towards males except for other sexist categories such as “Someone’s In The Kitchen” alluding to the fact that, that is where women would most likely be found.

“Jeopardy” has yet to comment on the situation and social media outcry, however they were more than happy to tweet about Trabek’s mustache making a come back. Probably not the brightest PR move!

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Celebgate Has Taken Over The Internet

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(PCM) Throughout Sunday evening and into the early hours of Monday morning, hoards of nude celebrity photographs were leaked onto the internet and it has created quite a frenzy.

The images were obtained through various hacks and initially put up on 4chan in one of the biggest leaks we have ever seen. The photos included nudes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Ritter, Hope Solo and many, many more.

Soon after the initial leak, the incident became referred to as “The Fappening” and was soon exploding all over social media. It has been a publicity nightmare for all of the stars involved in the leak and many have confirmed the authenticity of the images being outrages at the blatant violation of their privacy. Others have claimed that the images of fakes, but that has not stopped internet users from going on a frenzy to still grab a quick peek at the snaps to judge for themselves.

Authorities have been contacted in regards to the leak and there has been no word on the legal ramifications for those involved with the “Fappening”. Twitter has stepped up and suspended multiple accounts that were sharing the images and many file sharing accounts and even 4chan itself was down for a little while this afternoon.

While the details about how the photos were initially obtained are sketchy right now, many are claiming that the images came from the star’s private iCloud accounts which were hacked. The iCloud lets users sync data and images between all of their devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and desktop computer.

Last week, an unidentified user on 4chan was bragging that he had managed to gain access to the private and nude celebrity photos. He claimed that he would make more of the images and even video available if people were to give him Bitcoins and donations to his Paypal account. The user has claimed responsibility for the Celebgate or rather “The Fappening” hack.

Many of the celebrities who had their privacy violated have taken to social media to express their thoughts and comments on about the situation.

“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” actress Mary E. Winstad said “To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves. Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”

Former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice said “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*

While many of the initial photo galleries have been taken down, it seems that every few moments a new gallery is popping up in a new location. A simple Google search for either “celebgate” or “the fappening” will bring up tons of results.

The Full List Of Alleged Naked Celebrities on the 4chan Threat List:
AJ Michalka, American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician

Alyson ‘Aly’ Michalka, AJ’s sister, also an American actress

Allegra Carpenter, actress, best known for The Fault In Our Stars

Abigail Spencer, American actress

Alana Blanchard, American professional surfer and bikini model

Alexa Jane, model

Angelina McCoy, actress, best known for Enchanted

Anna O’Neill

Ashley Blankenship, actress, appeared in The Wolf Of Wall Street

Aubrey Plaza, American actress and comedian

Abigail ‘Abby’ Elliott, American actress, voice actress and comedian

AnnaLynne McCord, actress and model

Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer-songwriter

Amber Heard, American actress and model

Rebecca ‘Becca’ Tobin, actress, singer, and dancer

Brie Larson, American actress, screenwriter, director and singer

Brittany Booker

Candace Smith, American lawyer, actress, model, and beauty queen

Candice Swanepoel, South African fashion model, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret

Cara Delevingne, English fashion model

Carley Pope, Canadian actress

Carmella Carcia

Carrie Michalka

Cat Deeley, English television presenter, actress, singer and model

Carly Foulkes, Canadian model and actress

Chloe Dykstra, actress and model

Clare Bowen, Australian actress and singer

Dove Cameron, 18-year-old U.S. actress and singer

Elena Satine, Georgian-American actress and singer

Elle Evans, American model and actress

Ellenore Scott

Emily Browning, Australian film actress and singer

Emily DiDonato, model from New York

Emily Ratajkowski, British-born model and actress

Erin Cummings, American actress

Erin Heatherton, American fashion model and actress

Farrah Abraham, TV personality, author and pornographic actress

Gabrielle Union, American actress and former model

Gabi Grecko

Hayden Panettiere, U.S. actress, model and singer

Hope Solo, American goalkeeper and two-time Olympic gold medalist

Heather Marks, Canadian model

Hilary Duff, American actress and singer-songwriter

Jacqueline Dunford

Janelle Ginestra

Jennifer Lawrence, American actress

Jessiqa Pace

Jessica Dunford

Jessica Riccardi, model

Jesse Golden

JoJo, American singer, songwriter and actress

Joanna Krupa, Polish American model and actress

Jennifer ‘Jenny’ McCarthy, American model and actress

Josie Loren, U.S. actress

Joy Corrigan

Kaley Cuoco, American actress

Kaime O’Teter

Kate Upton, American model and actress

Kate Bosworth, American actress

Kelly Brook, English model, actress and TV presenter

Lauren ‘Keke’ Palmer, American actress and singer-songwriter

Kim West, American TV personality socialite

Kirsten Dunst, American actress, singer, model and director

Krysten Ritter, U.S. actress, musician, and former model

Lake Bell, American actress

Laura Ramsey, film and television actress

Lea Michele, actress and singer, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox TV series Glee

Leelee Sobieski, actress

Leven Rambin, American actress

Lisa Kelly, American trucker who appeared in Ice Road Truckers

Lisalla Montenegro, Brazilian model

Lindsay Clubine

Lizzy Caplan, American actress

Mary-Kate Olsen, American actress and fashion designer

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, actress and recording artist

McKayla Maroney, artistic gymnast

Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer

Meagan Good, actress

Megan Boone, actress

Michelle Keegan, British actress

Mikayla Pierce

Misty Treanor, retired American beach volleyball player

Nina Stavris

Rachel Nichols, American actress and model

Rihanna, singer

Sarah Shahi, American actress

Sahara Ray

Sarah Schneider, American writer, actress, and comedian

ScarJo (possibly Scarlett Johansson, actress)

Selena Gomez, American actress and singer

Shannon McNally, singer-songwriter

Tameka Jacobs

Teresa Palmer, Australian actress and model

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Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer

Victoria Justice, Nickelodeon actress

Wailana Geisen

Winona Ryder, American actress

Yvonne Strahovski, Australian actress

Alison Brie (U.S. actress) and Dave Franco (U.S. actor)

 

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Who is Diane Stretton The Fired Nanny That Won’t Leave Family’s Home?

By now many have heard the case of Diane Stretton – the alleged squatter nanny that was fired from her live-in job, then refused to leave the home – even going as far as to eat the family’s food from their refrigerator. Reaction across the Internet is equally as bizarre with some going as far as to side with Stretton stating the family is served right for having used Craig’s List to locate the nanny and not having used a service to vet their nanny requirements.

Marcella Bracamonte has friends help fight the fired nanny that refuses to leave her home.

Marcella Bracamonte has friends help fight the fired nanny that refuses to leave her home.

The family has shared with various news outlets their story for good reason. They want to help others avoid their fate as Stretton (age 64), has a track record of disputes that wind up in court with judgments against her. In fact Stretton’s 36 case history has landed her on California’s Vexatious Litigant List. It’s a list with no legal ramifications other than to exist and serve as warning that the people on it bring legal action against others continuously, regardless of merit, with no other purpose but harassment.

Stretton was hired by Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte of Upland California as a live-in nanny via Craig’s List in March 2014. The couple live in a subdivision with their three children all under the age of 12. Stretton was ultimately fired. Upon termination she refused the leave the family’s home. The Bracomonte family did what any law abiding citizen would do and called the police only to learn that with Stretton taking up residence through a work agreement the family had entered into a landlord tenant dispute.

Without getting into the horror this involves for landlords, consider watching the film Pacific Heights with Michael Keaton as a primer.

With Stretton refusing to leave the home for any reason, creative thinkers have offered solutions like removing the family’s food from the home which could possibly force the squatter to leave. In a morning news segment on ABC’s Good Morning America, Marcella Bracamonte showed Internet trolls she was one step ahead of them, she has a lock on the refrigerator. “I’m not going to let her eat my food.”

Marcella Bracamonte has to lock her refrigerator to stop fired nanny from eating the families food.

Marcella Bracamonte has to lock her refrigerator to stop fired nanny from eating the family’s food.

Research into Stretton’s past with the courts has revealed she is not only comfortable with court procedures, but she also knows some legalese.

While Stretton appears to be gaming the legal system by refusing to leave a home she’s not even a part of, she has in fact attempted to game the court itself. In a case judgment decided against her, she represented herself facing a storage facility (foreclosure of lien D061822) which originated in 2009. Records show the court was peppered with time wasting requests and appeals and an undue burden on the storage facility by forcing their use of a law firm to cope with Stretton. That case began due to late storage facility payments totaling over $26,000.00.

In response, Stretton filed a cross complaint for:

  • Failure to perform
  • Breach of implied covenant of good fate and fair dealing
  • Promissory estoppel
  • Unjust enrichment
  • Emotional Distress

Stretton sought over $57,000 in damages against the storage facility.

Diane Stretton is on the California Vexatious Litigant List

Diane Stretton is on the California Vexatious Litigant List

Stretton lost the case but her involvement in the legal system ultimately emboldened her. She’s learned a lot over 36 cases throughout Southern California.

If Stretton planned to trick her employers into a ‘landlord-tenant’ agreement through employment remains to be seen, however in her previous case with the storage facility she was able to stretch the case out with over two years in delays with a litany of motions and requests for continuance.

The Bracamonte's are your average American family.

The Bracamontes are your average American family.

The Bracamonte family cannot force her out of their home due to the nature of the offense making this a civil case. She’s done nothing wrong criminally. If perhaps the children in the family were thought to be in any harm’s way, the family could file for a protection order which then would remove Stretton from the home.

Stretton’s pattern of frivolous motions indicate the Bracamontes are in for a long haul. Marcella Bracamonte appears to prepared for that fight. She requested on Facebook for friends to come over and stay the night and crowd out Stretton. Could this all be over so soon? Marcella has said Stretton, “hasn’t come back to the home since yesterday (Thursday June 26th 2014) morning around 5 a.m.”

If she does return the eviction process takes months, Marcella has indicated on her Facebook page she’s in search of an attorney – an indicator that Stretton has not yet played her last card. “Anyone who looks at her crooked, she sues, “ says Marcella Bracamonte.

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