Re-evaluating a Convenient Narrative

Friday, October 25, 2013


In 2007, Halliburton employee Jamie Leigh Jones ignited a media firestorm when she went public with a horrific story about being raped by colleagues in Iraq. Six years later, one of the reporters who covered the story as it happened has written a 10,000 word corrective, saying that the Jones story was false. Bob talks to Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer about her decision to correct the narrative.


Stephanie Mencimer

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Bob Garfield

Comments [4]

I almost can't be bothered to listen to first reports of such cases, whether it be a terrorist incident, shooting or rape, the "convenient narrative" gets repeated without checking as fodder for agendas until someone actually does some journalism, and then everyone just pretends it never happened.

Nov. 04 2013 10:19 AM
Jason from Washington State

"Hot Coffee: The Movie" is mentioned in this piece, and although Jones' rape story turns out to have been less than it was portrayed in that movie (and elsewhere,) the movie's point, about arbitration clauses, remains valid.

It took a court to get out the truth and make it public.

Oct. 27 2013 11:48 PM

The New York Times did a follow-up on Stella Liebeck's lawsuit against McDonalds, and how it got reported by the press:

Oct. 27 2013 12:13 PM
Molly Molloy from Las Cruces, NM

Great story on reporter Stephanie Mencimer's retake on Jamie Leigh Jones. And congratulations to Mencimer for writing the best, most accurate story possible even when she knows she must admit earlier mistakes and that the truth will earn her hate mail from feminist ideologues.

In her article and on the air, Mencimer referred to the cringing of Mother Jones: "My editor at Mother Jones cringed when I told him I wanted to write about it, saying, “Are you sure you want to do this?”"

And I note that her long analysis is published at Washington Monthly, NOT Mother Jones.

I would also note that any reporter who questions a rape story will be personally attacked. Most male reporters will not even set foot into the territory. And that is not a good thing.

If feminism means anything, it should be that the truth is gender-neutral.

Molly Molloy

Oct. 27 2013 11:09 AM

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