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January 31, 2005

YESTERDAY, I noted the following paragraph in a New York Times story on the Iraqi elections:

But if the insurgents wanted to stop people in Baghdad from voting, they failed. If they wanted to cause chaos, they failed. The voters were completely defiant, and there was a feeling that the people of Baghdad, showing a new, positive attitude, had turned a corner.

Reader Chris Fountain also noticed that it was moving steadily downward in the story as the day went on. Today he emails:

Glenn: as predicted, the offending paragraph was missing from this
morning's hard copy. New lede: "Bombs Kill 35."

Sigh.

Indeed. And as Ann Althouse noted, the headline has changed on the web, too. Sigh. They just can't help themselves.

UPDATE: On the other hand, they're not pumping this story about a lot of missing money at the CPA. Does that mean that there's not much to it, or that they don't want to look too negative? I guess we'll have to wait and see.