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Down The Memory Hole


They've changed the story. Note same link as before, but all references to Wilson and the 2003 SOTU have been deleted, just as I feared they would (thanks to emailer Abigail Brayden). Guess that story never even happened.

And of all the bad luck, I'd been keeping the original one open in a window, just in case they did this. But I had a computer freezeup this morning, had to reboot (thanks, Microsoft!) and I hadn't captured a screenshot.

But as the Abigail points out, what they did was redirect the original link to the new story. The old one is still there, with a new URL.

Interesting. Here's something else interesting. The Deseret News has a version of the story from Friday in which the wording has been changed to make it more accurate. It now reads:

Wilson's revelations cast doubt on President Bush's claim in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq was trying to develop a nuclear bomb and had sought to buy uranium in Africa as one of the administration's key justifications for going to war in Iraq.

I wonder who edited that one, and if it was in response to blogospheric complaints? And, of course, still no response from AP to my email.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 13, 2006 11:19 AM
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Perhaps you'd have better luck getting a response if you hand-delivered the complaint while wearing a suit, instead of typing it in your pajamas? ;-)

Posted by John Breen III at February 13, 2006 11:31 AM

Rand, you can save a page in IE and Firefox under the File/Save or Save As menu.

Posted by Mike Puckett at February 13, 2006 11:31 AM

I know (and knew) I can, Mike. But the problem is, I didn't. I should have known better than to rely on RAM with Windows, but...I didn't.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 13, 2006 11:41 AM

Get a free PDF creator like PDF-XChange and when you want to save something like this you can just print it to a PDF and file it away.

Posted by Cecil Trotter at February 13, 2006 01:15 PM


I don't need to be told how to save HTML pages (though that wouldn't be as good a piece of evidence, because HTML is easily edited), and I don't need to be told how to create PDFs, and I don't need to be told how to do screenshots. Please stop offering this sort of advice--I know how, and have the software, to do all those things. I simply failed to do any of them before my computer crashed.

And also, don't bother to tell me to save early and often. I've heard that one before, too...

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 13, 2006 01:23 PM

"And also, don't bother to tell me to save early and often. I've heard that one before, too..."

And don't forget to eat your Broccoli.......

Posted by Mike Puckett at February 13, 2006 01:40 PM

Perhaps we can offer our own foot for when you tire of kicking yourself? :-)

Posted by Astrosmith at February 13, 2006 02:06 PM

As Deseret News is a Mormon publication, there may have been no outside nudging required, just an editorial staff not bent left that exercised what one would like to think of as ordinary due diligence - however extraordinarily atypical that may be in today's hyper-partisan press world. The Mormons I've known take that "bearing false witness" thingy pretty seriously.

Posted by Dick Eagleson at February 13, 2006 03:46 PM

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