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MSM Schooled By College Newspaper On BYU Race Hoax

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  • Duke volleyball player Rachel Richardson claimed last month that she had been subjected to racist slurs in a match at Brigham Young University.
  • The mainstream media outlets ran with the story, which apparently was too enticing to verify.
  • BYU’s student newspaper, The Cougar Chronicle, did investigate the story and found no sources in the crowd who heard the slurs.
  • BYU did a separate, “extensive” investigation that confirmed the Chronicle’s reporting. The university apologized to the unidentified fan who had been accused of using the slurs and overturned a ban on the fan attending sporting events.

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