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WaPo Alters Palin Story to Correct Bias

Title and First Two Paragraphs Changed

When Friday’s Washington Post’s front page story on Palin first went online, it’s title and first two paragraphs were as follows:

“Palin Links Iraq to 9/11, A View Discarded by Bush” By Anne E. Kornblut ?Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 12, 2008; A01 FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 — Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.” The idea that Iraq shared responsibility with al-Qaeda for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. On any other day, Palin’s statement would almost certainly have drawn a sharp rebuke from Democrats, but both parties had declared a halt to partisan activities to mark Thursday’s anniversary.”

Now check the current version of the story:

Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska By Anne E. Kornblut Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 12, 2008; Page A01 FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 — Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.” The idea that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a view once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. But it is widely agreed that militants allied with al-Qaeda have taken root in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion.

That seems like a late change to correct, at least partially, some bias.

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