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Hypergene MediaBlog » The Memory Hole: CBS deletes Iraq story

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Friday, 04 Apr 2003

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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