Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MEDIA TERRORISTS: Politico Incorrect: What the politics Web site deletes from its articles without telling anyone.

Jeezz, as if The Huffington Post, The Daily Kos, Media Matters, NBC, ABC, CNN and CBS weren't bad enough. More media terrorism....

Correction, 6:45 p.m.: Shortly after we published this piece about Politico's unacknowledged corrections, Politico contacted us to tell us that it had acknowledged almost all these corrections. (Politico appended the corrections after we asked about them but before we published our story.) To see our corrections of our mistakes about their corrections—still with us?—click here.

Last month, Politico reported on the fallout from the mess Gen. Stanley McChrystal had made for himself in his interview with Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone. A day later, the Columbia Journalism Review noticed that Politico had removed two key sentences from its article. The deleted passage had speculated that a freelance reporter such as Hastings "would be considered a bigger risk to be given unfettered access, compared with a beat reporter, who would not risk burning bridges by publishing many of McChrystal's remarks." Politico said the edit was made for concision. Yet it got me wondering: How often does Politico, in the din of the news cycle, make significant changes to its copy after publishing it—without telling readers? READ MORE...

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