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HuffPost GOP Attack Piece Gets Four Headlines

HuffPost found its inner Lady Gaga last night as they changed a headline on what initially appeared to be a GOP attack story four times in two hours last night. From what we can tell, Gaga likes to occasionally switch up her look. The headline on the story by Jen Bendery initially attacked House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). By the end it, it appears some headline writer took a beating and they were left with vanilla pudding. HuffPost‘s Sam Stein replied to our requests to HuffPost PR and Bendery for comment. “So I’m the guy who gets to explain the headline changes on the VAWA story,” Stein wrote FishbowlDC. “It’s actually pretty straightforward stuff. After publishing, we got more input from our sources. Their input convinced us to make some changes to the language in the headline. We ended up adjusting several times (which, obviously, is not our preference) because we got additional information. But we wanted to be sure we had it right rather than leaving up something that wasn’t as precise as it could have been. Because of this, we noted at the bottom of the piece that the story had been updated.” But a Capitol Hill GOP aide begged to differ: “When a story’s headline goes through more rewrites than a bad sitcom pilot, it fundamentally undercuts whatever credibility a story might have.”

The fun began at 6:10 p.m.

At 6:55 p.m. the headline strangely began to significantly soften toward House Maj. Leader Cantor.

At 7:20 p.m. they were on the move again. Something’s not quite right. This time, they decided to tighten and lighten things up? They altered the headline slightly from “negotiating” to “discussing.”

Oh, but they weren’t done just yet. Like strung out junkies, they had one more injection left. At 8:05 p.m., the headline shifted one last time. In this instance, the two lawmakers are “talking” and no one is blamed for the stall. Everyone happy?


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