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Irony? Guardian piece promising “there can be no turning back now” removed “because it was launched too early”

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guardianThree or four times per year, a Google Alert lands in my inbox revealing a story in The Guardian that has been removed because it broke an embargo. One of those arrived today, so I tweeted a link to the story.

While looking at that page, Emily Lakdawalla noticed that a number of the related stories — presumably generated automatically — were also “removed.” One in particular caught my attention.

The headline said:

Commentary: the ‘quiet revolution’ has started and there can be no turning back now

Apparently, it’s not too late to turn back, according to a note at the bottom of the empty page:

This article has been removed because it was launched too early in error. It will be reinstated on its correct launch date.

As best I can tell, this is the new version of the story. The new headline of the piece, bylined Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, reads:

The UK’s long tradition of voluntary activity is set to strengthen

The only clue to the previous removal is a note at the bottom:

This article was originally launched in error on 14 April 2013

A quiet revolution indeed.


Written by Ivan Oransky

April 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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