The headline above was published this morning by The Washington Post at 11:05 AM as seen in the timeline.
An hour later (7PM Beirut/12PM US EST) I tweeted my thoughts:
— Habib Battah (@habib_b) February 11, 2015
An hour (and around 60 retweets) after that, at 1PM (US EST), the headline was changed:
There is no explanation for this change. But the paper’s developers even changed the URL from:
So what motivated the change? Did the Post editors realize mass killing of Muslims could and should also alarm non-Muslims? Did they see my tweet or did they come to their own conclusion? We’ll probably never know, but not explaining the change seems a bit problematic to me–the idea that a major news organization can just erase its mistakes, instead of think them over. (The same thing happened when I did a post that changed a New York Times headline about a year ago.)
In any case, I am glad I took a screenshot and I urge you to do the same when you see something online that doesn’t seem right. Otherwise there may be no proof that it ever existed.
RIP to the victims: 19-year-old Razan, 21-year-old Yusor and 23-year-old Deah.
Thanks to Jim Clancy for tweeting the original story, which led me to read it.