and then Ultimately, though, from where I sit in Charlottesville, to let fact checking define the narrative would be a huge mistake.
Followed by “I’m worried that because of the inconsistencies in this story, this will challenge the precedent of believing a survivor,”
Translation: "We need to push 'Accused equals Guilty', because."
Yeah, the dean trashed a whole bunch of people based on an accusation, there were death threats and vandalism, the story was bullshit, but 'We HAVE to believe every accusation is true.'
The story was too useful to possibly damage by actually verifying it, so they didn't want to: "BELIEVE, or you hate women. BELIEVE, or you're an apologist for rape culture!" Etc. And now that it's fallen apart, "We must continue to believe, or women suffer! And the falsely accused and harmed? Sucks for you, but you don't count."