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Politico’s Accidental Headline

The Daily Standard‘s Managing Editor Michael van der Galien is quick on his feet. This afternoon he screengrabbed a Politico headline just before they were able to snatch it down. The headline was atop an AP story about two U.S. troops losing their lives in Afghanistan.

Someone over in Rosslyn, Va. may be in a hell of a lot of trouble this afternoon.

Politico has added a note to the copy.

“Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story included unrelated text that was inadvertently written into the headline field. The text was not connected to the story but part of a separate conversation. We regret the error.”

Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris told FishbowlDC: “Just to emphasize: the extraneous text that went in the headline was both inadvertent and comply unrelated to the story. This was a completely separate conversation taking place on another open program, and a fragment from that conversation went in the headline field.”

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