Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Cheshire Cat Paragraph

The Cheshire Cat, one of Lewis Carrol's creations, has the ability to fade in and out of vision. So does a paragraph, it seems:

Last night, MSNBC scrubbed a paragraph about alcohol from an online article about Cheney's hunting accident:

Now, they've restored the paragraph, slightly reworked:

In a recorded, on-the-record phone call with NBC News, Armstrong said that beer may have been available at lunch that day. "If someone wants to help themselves to a beer," she said, "they may, but I did not see anyone do that," Armstrong says. She says she was not sure if there were beers in the coolers but wasn't ready to rule it out: "There may be a beer or two in there, but remember not everyone in the party was shooting," she told NBC News.

Think Progress wants to know if the disappearing paragraph had anything to do with requests from the White House.

Well, my suspicion is that we are going to see many more Cheshire Cat paragraphs in the future, unless we point out every single one of them. So that's what I'm doing here.