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Rolling Stone Tries to Regroup After Campus Rape Article Is Disputed

Started nearly a half-century ago as a chronicle of 1960s counterculture, Rolling Stone established its journalistic credibility with provocative coverage of politics and current affairs.

While its cover remains coveted real estate for those looking to assert their pop-culture bona fides, writers like Matt Taibbi and Michael Hastings have influenced public perceptions in recent years on issues like the financial crisis and the war in Afghanistan — in the same way that celebrated predecessors like Richard Ben Cramer and Tom Wolfe had done in previous years. 

The magazine seemed to have struck again last month with a vivid account of a young woman who said she was gang-raped at aUniversity of Virginia fraternity party, a story that helped drive the national debate over the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.