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N.Y. Times Scraps AIPAC from Syria Story

posted on September 4, 2013

POLITICO’s Hadas Gold reports on the disappearance of a reference to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC from an updated version of a recent New York Times article. The original article, published online Monday and in print Tuesday, quotes an anonymous administration official calling AIPAC the “800-pound gorilla in the room” in reference to the Syria debate. The newer version omits all references to AIPAC and does not include an editor’s note explaining the change. Times spokesperson Danielle Rhodes Ha emailed to say, “We regularly edit web stories for the print paper. This particular change was made to avoid repeating the same thought which ran in a page one story on Monday.”