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The Memory Hole: CBS deletes Iraq story

This post from thememoryhole.org:
“While perusing the CBS News Website, I found something odd--two pages in which the article text had been stripped out and replaced with the messages, ‘This story has been deleted,’ and simply, ‘Deleted.’”

“Very strange. If the stories had factual errors, why not just correct them? If the entire story was in error (i.e., the events described never happened), why not add a mea culpa at the top of each page? And you would think that if this were the case, CBS would’ve taken down the whole page.”

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Our recommendation: This is bad practice and could seriously affect credibility. CBS should either post an explanation or mea culpa. Readers deserve to be informed.

In contrast, The Los Angeles Times site was explicit in their retraction of a front page photo that had been altered with Photoshop by a photographer on location in Basra.

Posted on Apr 04, 2003 | 12:34 pm EST

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Any chance the articles were so off base that CBS thought they could maintain more credibility by just not explaining it than by admitting to an extremely embarrasing error?

The thememoryhole article didn’t make it sound like it.

No matter what it sure seems like a bad idea.

By the way--I love the “Why is this safe” link by the email field. Brilliant!

Posted by: Josh Penrod on Apr 04, 03 | 10:49 pm EST

Not with CBS, but I have encountered issues before with public media running into a rights dispute with the author or photographer and having to pull an item until “the matter is settled”—if CBS was pissed off at the journalist, or vice versa, the item could have been pulled in retaliation.

Posted by: mrG on May 23, 03 | 3:29 pm EST

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