CNN tries to rewrite its history

Bill Maher outed Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live last week. But you won’t find that in CNN’s transcript. In its place, you’ll find “(A PORTION OF THIS TRANSCRIPT HAS BEEN REMOVED).” The outing was also edited out of CNN’s repeat of the broadcast.

CNN quickly learned that YouTube and the blogosphere have eliminated the big Undo button.

The video of the live broadcast popped up on YouTube, prompting CNN to request it be taken down and YouTube to send a copyright infrigement notice. It has to be easier to win at whack-a-mole than it is to get content off YouTube. At the time I posted this, a search for “cnn mehlman” returned five copies of the video.

The original video is also still available on Huffington Post, along with the edited version that aired when the show was repeated.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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