Nice try, AP.
According to a report from Just The News, an article from the Associated Press on the latest Target drama was quietly edited to remove mentions of violence towards staff members and other threats.
From Just The News:
The Associated Press has removed uncredited claims, without telling readers, that Target yanked or relocated LGBTQ merchandise featured prominently in Pride Month displays in response to “threats to workers” and “violent confrontations” between customers and employees.
Just the News noticed the wire service made the claims in its own voice in the headline and first paragraph of the report posted Monday night, rather than attributing those claims to Target, despite providing no evidence of threats or violence. The story was widely carried in other media.
Those claims had disappeared a day later without a correction or editor’s note. The revised headline states Target “suffer[ed] backlash for LGBTQ+ support,” while the revised opening paragraph cited “intense backlash from some customers who confronted workers and tipped over displays.”
AP still provided no evidence for those claims.
Some media changed the story to the surreptitiously corrected version, though the original headline still appears widely in search results. Other outlets kept the original, including The Hill, AOL, CBS News, Yahoo Finance and Fox 9 in Target’s home base of Minneapolis.
More over at Just The News:
Associated Press surreptitiously drops claim about ‘violent confrontations’ over Target Pride merch | Just The News https://t.co/wwJWIyOO1S
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) May 25, 2023