UPDATED: The Washington Post’s Executive Editor Martin Baron responds.
As I wrote originally, there might be a reasonable explanation why an article appearing in the Washington Post and linked to and hyped by Politico had suddenly disappeared a couple of days after being used to smear Governor Palin, and being shown to be fictitious.
I was pleased to get a quick and reasonable response from the Post’s editor:
Dear Mr. Jackson:
I apologize for the time it has taken to get back to you. First, we had to determine the nature and origin of the story you referred to and what had become of it. Our staff has now conducted that research and filled me in.
The story you searched was written not by the Washington Post, but rather by the Associated Press. Such AP stories flow onto our website automatically, and then become dead links when under our contract we lose rights after 14 days. In this case, that’s today.
The second URL appears to be a version of the same story supplied by a service called Perfect Market, which also flows automatically onto our site. The same rules for publication on our site apply with regard to that as well.
Here is the wire as it appeared on another site:
As you can see, it is a story written by the Associated Press and picked up by other news sites, typically in an automated fashion.
I note that you’ve addressed this issue on your website. You suggest that (a) this was a story written by the Washington Post and (b) that we removed it under suspicious or nefarious circumstances. Neither is accurate.
This seems reasonable. Though one wonders why they’d bother to publish an article that it’s readers can’t come back to in a couple of weeks.
It should be noted that Fox News has the same AP article, dated February 14, 2013 available on it’s site as of now.
I have no real beef with the Post, my beef is with the propaganda sites mentioned in the original articles, and their use of a false report to smear Governor Palin and attempt to discredit he factual statement. As I wrote below, it sure seemed odd the article at the Post disappeared at the exact same moment all of the controversy was brewing. At least we know why.
The original post is below. I would say substitute the AP every time you read Washington Post but they did indeed run this fictitious article, written by someone for the Associated Press claiming these rounds were merely for “target practice” so we can’t let them completely off the hook!
By Gary P Jackson
Here’s an interesting little twist to the saga of Obama’s lapdog media trying to smear Sarah Palin over her stating the fact that the Obama regime is stockpiling over one billion rounds of ammo, mostly man killing hollowpoints.
Yesterday we exposed the lies and slanderous commentary coming from left wing propaganda sites such as Politico, Slate, and The Atlantic, and their attempt to smear Sarah Palin.
In his slanderous article, Politico’s Kevin Cirilli linked to another Obama water carrier over at the Washington Post who published an article entitled Not so sinister: Homeland Security is stockpiling ammo for target practice.
While government agencies are, in fact, purchasing large amounts of ammunition, they are doing so for training exercises and shooting ranges, according to federal officials. The Washington Post last month summed up the Department of Homeland Security’s buying of more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for training with an article headlined, “Not so sinister: Homeland Security is stockpiling ammo for target practice.”
Funny thing. This morning, while doing some follow-up, I noticed the Post has pulled the story claiming the regime was merely stockpiling bullets “for target practice.” Wonder why that is?
A quick Google search of the article’s title led me back to another dead URL. A subsequent Bing search netted a different URL, but pushing the magic “enter” button on my keyboard nets nothing more than another dead page:
Obviously, blogging being what it is, other websites have excerpted from the Post’s untruthful piece, but the original no longer exists.
I find this very interesting. There may be a logical, legitimate explanation for the article disappearing. And I’d love to hear it, if there is.
I’ve reached out to the editors at the Post but have yet to get any reply. If they can explain why a controversial article, used to smear someone who made a factual statement, just disappeared, I’ll be happy to give them their say.
Meanwhile, one has to sit and wonder why the Post article telling it’s readers not to worry, the Obama regime is stockpiling over a billion rounds of ammo, mainly consisting of man killing hollowpoints, but it’s OK, it’s just for “target practice” …. has up and disappeared from their website.
Such is how the corrupt media works. Write a fictitious story, covering up the real intentions of the regime, and when the heat comes, instead of owning it, just send it down the memory hole.
Maybe this is why a new Rasmussen poll finds that only 6% of Americans find the media “very trustworthy” and 42% find it “not very trustworthy” or “not at all trustworthy.”