​​​​​​​The Atlantic Accused Of Defaming Writer Of Story It Retracted

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By Lauren Berg (January 10, 2022, 6:55 PM EST) — A freelance writer accused The Atlantic of defamation in a suit filed Friday in D.C. federal court, saying that after it took the rare step of retracting an investigative article she wrote about the Ivy League admissions process, the magazine assassinated her professional reputation.

When Ruth Shalit Barrett wrote “The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports Among Ivy League-Obsessed Parents” for The Atlantic in 2020, an investigative piece about wealthy parents who use niche sports to give their privileged children a boost to get into elite colleges and universities, the story was praised by journalists, collegiate sports officials and athletes, according…

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