Conservative journalist and Guy From That Kayak Commercial lookalike Charles C. Johnson has been working overtime, of late, to attract wingnut eyeballs to his GotNews.com website, posting dubiously-sourced scoops, smearing dead U.S. hostages, and publishing the personal information of people involved in topical news stories. Even by the low standards of conservative journalism, however, Johnson (not to be confused with the other Charles Johnson) has sunk to a new low by releasing what he says is the real name and photograph of “Jackie,” the woman whose account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia formed the basis for a now-discredited Rolling Stone article,
Johnson recently upped his profile by leading a campaign against certain journalists who reported on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, including The Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery. When The Washington Postdiscovered that there were discrepancies in that Rolling Stone article, Johnson saw an opening. Even though there’s still every indication that “Jackie” may have, indeed, been the victim of a sexual assault notwithstanding the apparent contradictions with the Rolling Stone article, Johnson went to work on her, publishing her name and photograph, and digging into social media accounts he says are Jackie’s. Lest you doubt the malicious intent here, Johnson even weirdly described her as his “opponent” in a tweet:
Whatever you think of “Jackie,” there are very good reasons for police and news organizations to protect the identities of alleged rape victims, not the least of which is that revelations such as these open them up for further harassment, trauma, and perhaps worse. “Jackie” still maintains she was raped, so even though many of the details in her story have been called into question, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped, and is in no danger. Revealing her identity serves no purpose other than to target her for the kind of crowd-sourced dissection that was pioneered during the Boston Marathon manhunt. And no good can come of it.
A NBC source with knowledge of the #DarrenWilson interview talks said that ABC offered to pay “mid-to-high” six figures for the interview.
The source did not say an exact figure because NBC stopped bidding for it after ABC upped the ante.