Is Breitbart Altering AP Articles?

Update 2: We’ve learned that the AP does indeed revise their articles throughout the day, and the article Breitbart posted was indeed an earlier version.  


The Trump Administration recently announced the removal of the Director of Intelligence and the Joint Chief of Staffs from the National Security Council.  In their place, Trump appointed chief strategist Stephen Bannon in a shocking, unprecedented move.

Notice the link shared is from the official Associated Press website.  Readers looking to Breitbart will find a similar story on their own site, from “AP”.  Unbeknownst to them, it may have been altered. Let’s take a look.

Breitbart Altered Article

Archive Link to article.

First, we will look at Breitbart’s original article.  What originally caught our eye was the final sentence, as highlighted below.

Original Breitbart published AP article.

Breitbart has been condemned for featuring racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content.  To anyone who has taken a journalism class, they know that is a pretty charged accusation, even by AP standards.  Who condemned them? Why Breitbart specifically? Why is it a one-paragraph sentence? So that lead us to seek out the original article.

Original Associated Press Article

Archive Link to article.

What we found, confirmed our suspicion. Altered.

Originally published AP article.

 

Breitbart’s last line was used at the end of a paragraph describing Stephen Bannon’s credentials (1st highlight).  It was never meant to be a main point or a charged accusation. Simply describing the environment Bannon is coming from.

Of course,  when something is altered, there’s a strong chance more has been altered. We then decided to do a text comparison to find out what else has been altered. And jarringly, a whole paragraph was omitted (last two highlights):

And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Bannon’s appointment “a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.”

He told “Face the Nation” on CBS: “The role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been diminished, I understand, with this reorganization. One person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view. So, it’s of concern, this ‘reorganization.'”

The reason for its removal is exactly as it appears: an inconvenient truth to a man seeking unprecedented power. Altering the final sentence “Breitbart has been condemned” to the bottom only further pushes the judgement onto the Breitbart readers that the world is out to get them.

 

UPDATE 1

It seems that Breitbart won’t even list their politically altered articles in the “Latest News” section for the AP author page.  The Breitbart article noted above was posted today, January 29th, 2017.  However, the article doesn’t appear as the latest news, only featuring two, low-commented articles (dates highlighted) before going into yesterdays news.  Notice in the below graphic the two top articles for the same day.  (Here is an archive of the link)

 

Ironically…no political articles even listed other than the French one.   Fortunately, there are clever ways to find these hidden articles without problem. And boy…there sure is a lot being posted.

The article titled “Trump ban inspires wide anger, some applause across world” conveniently trims out a paragraph that asks for there not to be a divide among our nation. Here is the difference comparison.

Removed Paragraph

In Iran, director Asghar Farhadi said the ban had prompted him to skip this year’s Academy Awards, where his film “The Salesman” is nominated for best foreign language film.
He condemned the “unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries,” and expressed “hope that the current situation will not give rise to further divide between nations.”

Emphasis ours.

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