Whoopi Goldberg on Rolling Stone Rape Story: "I Don't Like That People Can Just Say Anything And It's Taken As Fact"


The ladies of The View discussed the discredited Rolling Stone campus rape story on the "Hot Topics" portion of the show on Monday's broadcast.

"Is it true she asked them not to contact the men that she was accusing of this crime and then they didn't?" Rosie O'Donnell said. "Isn't that a lack of journalistic integrity?"

"This goes to premeditation of the journalistic lapse," Nicolle Wallace said. "She spent 6 weeks looking for the right campus and the right sexual attack. So, this journalist had an agenda. And she is a respected journalist, but it took a Washington Post reporter two phone calls to knock this story down."

"No one who is a victim of sexual assault should take any of the blame. But everyone -- her life wasn't the only one ruined. The lives of the boys who were accused, those lives were ruined too," Wallace also said.

"I think about the Duke lacrosse case, and Megyn Kelly was on TV Friday night talking about how when she questioned that story people called her sympathizing with rapists. There is a culture now where you can't do your job in journalism if you question the veracity of a sexual attack," Wallace added.

"I agree with you," co-host Rosie Perez said. "And I think that the biggest tragedy in this story for me is that there are so many rape victims that are going to be afraid to come forward and I just thought that was just horrific because when they did do some journalistic investigation there's a lot of women on the University of Virginia [campus] who said they also have been raped, they have had proof. They went to the Dean and made complaints and they did nothing. And so I just hope those voices are not ignored because of this incident."

When it was co-host Whoopi Goldberg's turn to opine, she complained how every time a complaint is made it's immediately accepted as fact:

I mean, look, you know, I've gotten a lot of heat from people because I say -- I want as much as you can give me to nail the SOB. That's what I want. But I don't like that people can just say anything and it's taken as fact. We owe it to ourselves, to our sisters, to our brothers who are the folks who may be accused to get the facts. Get the facts. Get as much as you can. There's nothing wrong with it. Because if you can get the person off the street who has done this -- baby, let's put him away.

Nicolle Wallace noted that some women's advocates said this story has "set back the cause of the silent rape victims a decade with this story."

Rosie O'Donnell cited an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim who has not made herself public, but spoke privately to her. O'Donnell said this woman doesn't want to speak in front of the cameras and that rape victims are seen as having an alternate agenda seeking financial gain.

"So it's interesting that people who do come forward are sometimes seen as people trying to have an alternate agenda as well," O'Donnell said.

"Well, sometimes they are," Whoopi said. "Sometimes that is the case."

"Tawana Brawley," Perez chimed in.

"That's why I say that we owe it to everybody who says this happened to them to go in and find out what's going on," Goldberg said. "We can do that. But if you wait 30 years, it's going to be harder. It's just going to be harder and it's going to be harder for people. That doesn't mean you shouldn't come forward. Just know it's harder."

"You know what Whoopi, what's even crazier is the lifestyle on campus where this is rampant, where rape is rampant" Rosie Perez said. "I do not understand the parents who do not tell their sons, 'please don't be a rapist.' This is wrong. When you go to college, when you go anywhere, you be a gentleman, you be a man about it and don't rape young women on campus."

"We've gotta teach both," Whoopi responded. "We have to teach both because sometimes, you know, our young women get out there and drink themselves into a stupor."

"I'm not attacking, but I am saying there is some responsibility. When you go to a frat party, don't get blind drunk. Don't put anybody in a position of being able to take advantage of you. You don't need to do that. That's all I mean. That's all I'm saying."

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