1. No stone unturned: In what we horribly call a “longread” these days, the Washington Monthly has a really fascinating story out today about a woman who declared that she’d been gang raped in Iraq. The story takes you from the beginning of the ordeal to the absolute bitter end. The reporter, Stephanie Mencimer, admits her own involvement in a film in which the woman appears. She also admits to writing a number of sympathetic stories on the woman for Mother Jones, her former employer. At one point she says her former editor there “cringed” and not so subtly tried to talk her out of writing this piece, but she wasn’t persuaded.
Why you should read it: The story explores every possible angle and makes you ultimately question nearly every person involved. She shows how lawmakers and the media came to the woman’s defense and didn’t bother to follow through on the wildly unexpected conclusion to the ordeal. Stop whatever you’re doing. If any story deserves a prize it’s this one. Read the story here.
2. The firing of AP’s Bob Lewis: This story by HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone gives a full overview of the firing of the AP reporter for misreporting news relating to gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe.The story includes an interesting detail by reporting the reaction of McAuliffe’s communications director, who said the campaign did not request for any action, such as a dismissal, to happen.
Why you should read it: It’s free of opinion. How many stories are free of that these days? Read the story here.