The Washington Post was one of the major players in creating the myth that Jessica Lynch was one of the first heroes of the Iraq War. They ran this story on their front page based on faulty reporting and incorrect information they developed. The military did not participate this and actually told them they had no information to corroborate it.
Jessica Lynch's unit was ambushed and she was in a pretty bad vehicle crash as they tried to get away. That's it. The rest is chatter and fog of war gossip the Post ran as front page headlines. Ms. Lynch did nothing wrong and is simply a soldier caught in the media crosshairs. The Post found out not much later that they had been spectacularly incorrect in their reporting and insrtead of owning up to th efact that they got it worng, they blamed the military for not fact-checking them.
Now you can't even read the embarrasingly inaccurate piece on their website, even as they complain about other outlets digitally scrubbing their own mistakes. They don't seem too concerned about fixing that either.
The botched hero-warrior story is unavailable at the Post’s online site. Until a few weeks ago, clicking on a link to that report did turn up the story’s headline, byline, and publication detail. But otherwise, it was an empty link: It contained no content.
Now, not even the headline, byline, and publication date are available. The link opens to a page that declares in large headlines: “Page Not Found” and “We’re unable to locate the page you requested.”
So changes recently have been made that expunge any reference to the hero-warrior story.
Professor Campbell at media Myth Alert has made numerous inquiries trying to find our why this info is unavailable but other contemporaneous info is. The Post Ombudsman has claimed to be checking into it, but 10 weeks later, he has gotten nothing but increasingly pissy responses, and a stonewall.
“Why is some Lynch-related content from 2003 freely available online (see here), while content more embarrassing to the Post (see empty links here, here, and here) not available? Shouldn’t those empty links be restored, and added to the Post’s link-rich Iraq War archive, where Lynch’s name and image already appear?”
He has given no direct responses to those questions.