Sunday, December 8, 2013
King spokeswoman Crystal Canney said Wednesday that the "corrected" statement meant that the campaign complied with a request from an editor at the Press Herald/Telegram.
For our initial story on the changes to the profile, we talked to Canney on Monday before the campaign removed the page. She told us a web administrator edited the piece for brevity.
"I think we took out some of the positive stuff and some of the negative stuff to try and reduce the length of the piece because it was a lengthy piece," she said then.
Then, she didn't say it shouldn't have happened. On Wednesday, she did.
"It shouldn't have happened and we take responsibility," Canney said. "It was the work of someone who is incredibly dedicated to the campaign and it won't happen again."
On Monday afternoon, the newspaper discovered a page on King's campaign website on that had the profile posted with all criticism of the candidate removed from the piece. Also scrubbed were references to his upbringing in Virginia and pieces of his business and lobbying experiences.
Some edits were of more mundane material, like his appearance in a quiz show as a young man. The campaign didn't indicate edits with ellipses, but did post links to "the complete profile" on the Press Herald's website.
Steve Greenlee, the newspaper's managing editor, asked the campaign Monday to remove the article from their website, saying it would be more appropriate to quote a few sentences and link directly to the Press Herald's website.Tweet
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