Skip to comments.When is a Scandal Downgraded to an Uproar? When The Washington Post Changes the Headline (NCPAC)
Posted on 02/12/2005 12:24:02 PM PST by kristinn
The Washington Post, for some unknown reason, has retitled an article about the O'Malley rumor story. Yesterday, when the story was first published, it was entitled Scandal Puts Focus on Role of Bloggers, with the sub-head Conservative Site was Host for Rumor. That was the way it was published online and in the print edition.
Today, however, the article online--with the same URL as the original--is titled, Uproar Brings Focus on Bloggers, with no sub-head.
Also, the page placement on the byline is now listed as "B-1" but the original was buried on page B-5 in print and online.
Finally, the article has been removed from the Metro section, where it was originally published, to the "Technology/Special Reports/Internet" section.
I find this rather curious, especially in light of my interview with David Snyder of The Post last Thursday for this article. I told him one of the reasons for wanting to archive stories on Free Republic was the habit of the news media to change published versions of stories to suit a political agenda.
Link to Free Republic excerpt of WaPo article with original headline.
Link to WaPo article with new headline/placement.
Please note the content of the article is unchanged, as best as I can tell, from comparing yesterday's print edition and the current online version.
By David Snyder and Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 11, 2005; Page B01
File under: Things that make you go, "Hmmm."
It's a long-established tradition of print journalism that when the next edition comes out, you change the headline. It makes the news seem fresh for those who've been reading earlier editions. I'm not saying that there's nothing at all sinister going on in the MSM (that would be nuts), but changes in headlines aren't the main place to look, IMO.
I understand that. The Post regularly changes headlines during an edition's run as the story changes or for space as the page is redesigned. However, once the day is done, the final headline stays. This time they changed it after the fact.
When mainstream media wants to cause outrage among the people by leading them around by the nose, the stories will keep repeating itself. Changes will be made in the headlines but it's basically "stay in your face until a response is forthcoming" type of mentality. DemoncRAT-controlled Washington Post has an agenda of going after conservatives that are making an impact upon the populace.
You find a "Postie" anywhere and they'll lie to you about anything. They are not people to be trusted at your cash-register or in charge of your children.
Something is going on here that I have a feeling is going to reveal itself in time. My guess is that the MSM and MO'M and cronies are going to have egg on their faces. Of course that will be buried very deep by the MSM and will have to find the light of day in the new media.
I've got some very interesting information for the governor's investigation regarding the Maryland Democrat Party dirty trickster that setup Steffen and the Washington PostFrom a rather impeccable source, BTW: here
reporterer, Democrat operative that was working in concert with him. Almost hoping to receive a subpoena.
Seeing the neutered headline may not move people to see which site it is referring to.
You guys are closer to the story than I am. I'm just reporting my own take on kristinn's post.
Hmm.. looks to me like their 'clever little setup operation' wasn't nearly as clever as they thought it would be.
Also looks like they can't keep their story straight.
Thanks for finding this you two.
Hmmmmm? indeed. Thanks! :)
Saw some of that.
Makes me wonder, just how stupid are the WaPo and the Balt Sun to think they actually have something here?
Do they honestly think they'll embarrass us with this?
What is their goal besides getting a wacko mayor into the Governorship?
I'd probably be better off leaving such questions to those who know what they're doing when looking into such stuff.
But considering they seem to be trying to claim the 'rumor' started here on FR, since that can be proven false, just how much trouble can they get into?
And how can I add to their misery when the time comes?
Hmmmmm..?? I think it might be more personal than that .. if the bloggers have caught WaPo with their fingers in the cookie jar (so to speak) .. I'm sure WaPo doesn't want it known that not only do they lurk at FR, but they try to bait people on FR.
So .. to cover up they resort to the usual liberal plan - personal destruction .. the bloggers are bad people.
Declaring war on us poor bloggers and freepers...amazing...
Sure would explain some of the turkeys who've tried to bait me on FR. Rather than succumbed to their baiting techniques, I tune the jerk offs off mentally and do my own thing.
Did you tell WaPo that it also screws up our search engine so the story could be posted multiple times?? Much easier to be ignored if it is only posted once.
How dare they? They must answer for this.
I've had the same thing tried on me. The conversation will be going along normally and then all of a sudden some person will intersect the conversation and try to incite an argument over the weirdest issue.
I usually have one reply - which is not to reply. It's even funnier when they begin calling me names because I don't reply. That pretty much tells me my instincts were correct.
They're still backpedaling and trying to tone things down. The story they ran the day before the one you mention was full of demonstrable lies. Moreover, it's likely that the Washington ComPost was complicit in a political dirty trick campaign engineered by the Mayor of Baltimore and his operatives.
The original story blamed the whole rumor on MDPAC, but this followup story starts talking about the real agent provocateur, who is either a Democrat agent or an employee of the Washington Post, or perhaps both working together as part of a conspiracy to damage the governor.
Presumably Jim Robinson has kept complete records of everthing on FR and has also got copies of the entire Post stories and these alterations made after the fact. Whole articles can't be posted here in the forum, but they can be saved to be used as legal evidence of complicity in fraud and slander, presumably.
I'm only guessing, of course, but there's no doubt that the Post seems to be running scared and pulling its punches after that first dishonest assault.
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