Rolling Stone isn’t letting a multi-million dollar judgement less than a year ago keep the magazine from accusing another person of abuse without any proof.
On Sunday, Rolling Stone “senior writer” Jamil Smith speculated that First Lady Melania Trump has been out of the public eye for much of the last several weeks because she could be “concealing abuse.”
I wish that I didn’t suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse. I wish that it was a ludicrous prospect. I wish that the @POTUS wasn’t a man with a history of abusing women, including those to whom he is married.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 3, 2018
“I wish that I didn’t suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse,” he tweeted over the weekend.
“I wish that it was a ludicrous prospect,” he continued.
He provided no evidence to support his suspicion, but liberals loved his tweet, liking it over 21,000 times.
Smith’s publication was hit with a $1.65 million judgement after it published a story accusing a University of Virginia fraternity of a brutal gang rape.
The magazine vilified an administrator and was later sued for defamation.
The New York Times reported in June 2017:
Rolling Stone has agreed to settle a defamation lawsuit brought by the University of Virginia fraternity at the center of a discredited article about an alleged gang rape, effectively closing the door on a pivotal and damaging chapter in the magazine’s history.
Under the terms of the settlement, the magazine agreed to pay the Virginia Alpha Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity $1.65 million. The fraternity had originally sought a trial by jury and $25 million in damages.
“It has been nearly three years since we and the entire University of Virginia community were shocked by the now infamous article,” the fraternity said in a statement, “and we are pleased to be able to close the book on that trying ordeal and its aftermath.”
If Smith’s tweet is any indication, the magazine apparently hasn’t learned its lesson.