John in Carolina first noticed the N&O bungled the story by not sending readers to the dramatic video (his post is here). My post about the N&O story mysteriously disappearing from its web site is here.
John in Carolina has emailed N&O editor Ted Vaden to ask what happened. The text of his email:
Re: Raleigh N&O Fl. 1549 video story doesn’t link to video
If you open the post you’ll see it raises questions about why the N&O would run a story of a new Fl. 1549 video “in all its stunning drama” without at least including a link to the video or a segment thereof, as you can see the Minneapolis Star Tribune did. (I link to it in my post)
I think many N&O readers felt as one reader said on the thread:
[K]inda strange to read an article about a tape of this event without the tape being linked or embedded in the article. Sorta like being served t-bone steak with no meat on the bone.
Why did the N&O run the story and fail, as the Strib did, to provide a link to at least a segment of the video?
When I Googled Saturday morning, I immediately found dozens of sites hosting segments.
I’ve a second question: While the Strib story is still up, the N&O’s story appears to be 404’d.
Was it 404’d; and, if so, why?
As always, I will publish your response in full at JinC.
Thank you for your attention to this email.
Some of the early comments left after my post on the article being 404'd, apparently from journalists, said the AP story on the video was just a wire feed that posted to the N&O site automatically. As to why the article was 404'd after a day or so, the answer was, "It happens all the time, don't worry about it."
Trust me, I'm not worried about it -- I'm a blogger. It's journalists in the mainstream media who should be demanding answers.