John Cole at Balloon Juice posted several media quotes about the government's clearing of Halliburton of any charges of wrong-doing and compared them to quotes from the same sources when the Halliburton overcharges were alledged.
Read the comments. I followed some of the links and they had either been changed or Cole made them up. I believed Cole, but all of the left-wingers going after him made me want to check it out and prove it.
Here is the CNN Money quote from Cole's site:
Halliburton Co. has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a Kuwait fuel-delivery contract that Pentagon auditors allege overcharged the U.S. government by more than $100 million, according to a published report Tuesday.
Readers clicked on this CNN Money link to find that the above quote was nowhere in the article. The accusations begin to fly.
BUT, if you do a Google News Search on the text of Cole's CNN Money quote, guess what happens? You get the above link.
Here is the search string that I used for Google News Search:
CNN Money changed the story from the original (provided by Reuters) and Cole didn't make it up. And you have all of Cole's left wing readers accusing him of being a hack.
They didn't even give him the benefit of the doubt or even bother to check to see if he was telling the truth.
So, why did CNN Money change the story?