“History is a series of agreed-upon myths,” Napoleon Bonaparte observed cynically. Now some critics are saying that, today, current events are also a series of agreed-upon myths.
“No matter what Jackie said, we should automatically believe rape claims.” This was opined by a more contemporary figure, being the recent title of a Washington Post piece by one Zerlina Maxwell. “Jackie” refers to the alleged victim at the center of the Rolling Stone rape “story,” related in an article so deserving of those quotation marks that, two weeks after publication, an even bigger story was made when the magazine issued a complete and unequivocal retraction, accompanied by a mea culpa and an apology to those the story hurt (The New American reported on this Tuesday).
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