Roger Ebert
Reaction to UVA article retraction: People still read Rolling Stone?

To the editor: Back in Memphis in 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and my brother's arrest for having hair below his ears, I wrote to Rolling Stone. I explained how the publication felt like a lifeline to those of us out in the hinterlands of conservatism. ("Rolling Stone retracts rape report, apologizes after 'painful' review," April 5) The staff's response was thoughtful and collegial; I was told that even the publisher had read my letter. Sadly in contrast, as I encountered the magazine's retraction of the University of Virginia rape story, my reaction possibly mirrored that of many others who long ago saw the publication...