Get this -- the N&O story has completely disappeared from the N&O web site. 404'd. It's not uncommon for an article that is several months old to get 404'd, but this N&O piece was posted Friday. Extra strange, because there were at least 4 reader comments posted on the article, including this one:
…[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…
Fortunately, the page was cached; you can see it here.
What gives? Maybe there is an innocent explanation. Or, did somebody at the N&O read John in Carolina's blog post, panic, then delete the story? I'd sure like to hear the N&O explain.
UPDATE: In comments a pathetic explanation: "wire stories load automatically, then disappear; it's not a conspiracy." Without meaning to, this commenter just admitted the N&O is lame.