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July 05 2011

20:58

Accountability - Jill Abramson: "In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion"

Poynter :: The most recent game of deleting and changing online news was played last month, when The New York Times removed a quotation by incoming Executive Editor Jill Abramson that said, in part, “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. In noting the deletion, some bloggers speculated whether the Times was trying to hide something, presumably Abramson’s worship of false idols. The Times said the line was dropped for a fresher quote.

[Steve Myers, Poynter:] A witness’ account in a developing news story disappears when it’s replaced by the version that appears in the next day’s paper. You remember a story saying one thing – and maybe you blogged about it – but now it says something else.

How news sites could improve accountability by tracking story changes, but probably won’t ...

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