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The week that was, the news that wasn’t

It was the week when Rolling Stone let it all hang out, via a lofty postmortem conducted by the Columbia School of Journalism and commissioned by the magazine itself. The postmortem (13,000 words) proved that the original story (9,000 words), about a supposed gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house, was a horrific exercise in journalistic malpractice abetted by confirmation bias. “We couldn’t believe the story had gone so viral,” its baffled author lamented. Viral it was—and, for Rolling Stone, the virus was damn near fatal. Yet the social disease the magazine thought it was fighting but ended up spreading—the sickness of underreported, unpunished sexual assault—remains as real as its story was unreal.

It was the week when Hillary Clinton geared up to announce her candidacy for president. Any day now! Gonna happen! To turn all those cracks into a full-on ceiling shattering, the former first lady (and, more to the presidential point, former New York senator and Secretary of State) will have the help of Kristina Schake, who earned her chops as communications director for none other than Michelle Obama. Schake masterminded some of Mrs. O’s canniest image-softening moves, such as getting her to Mom-dance with Jimmy Fallon. Will Schake do the same for Clinton—the candidate and also the spouse? Remember Bill on Arsenio, with the shades and the sax? He needed no help in busting the moves.

It was the week when another Hilary (Mantel) won raves for the opening of Wolf Hall on Broadway at the same time as her Tudor saga rivets viewers on the small screen. But how much has the monarchy really changed? Ask Kate Middleton about the pressure she’s felt to produce an heir and a spare.

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