Jon Stewart to 'Rolling Stone's' Jann Wenner: Lack of Firings Is "Monumental F—-Up Territory" (Video)
"In a sea of verifiable assaults, you managed to 'Where's Waldo?' the only rape story that not only would fail to get your point across, but set the cause back. Someone's gotta go!"
Jon Stewart had a few words for Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner after the magazine announced that all involved in the botched article about a rape at the University of Virginia would keep their jobs.
The announcement followed the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism report that the publication failed to conduct "basic, even routine journalistic practice" in confirming the account that source "Jackie" gave to contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely for the story "A Rape on Campus."
"What the f—?" said the Daily Show host on Wednesday night. "That's not how this works! Fine, if nobody else has the guts to do it, I'll fire them! ... How can there be no consequences for an error of this magnitude?"
In response to Wenner's announcement that the report is punishment enough, Stewart continued, "The report is not actually punishment at all; it is a list, in many circumstances, people would be punished for. You're missing the ever-crucial sentencing phase!"
"This isn’t a gaffe or a brain fart or a whoopsy daisy. This is a big deal. And you can’t just deal with it by issuing a correction. ... This UVA story is monumental f—-up territory. Campus rape happens with shocking frequency — a very real, underreported problem that many college and university administrations have met with a lack of concern and stonewalling. Victims needs help and support. Yet somehow, in a sea of verifiable assaults, you managed to Where's Waldo? the only rape story that not only would fail to get your point across, but set the cause back. Someone's gotta go!"
Watch the video below.