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Why Stories Should be Time-Stamped

Two days after the shuttle crashed, old, misleading versions of wire stories published just beforehand remained on various news Web sites, with leads like, “Space shuttle Columbia streaked toward a Florida touchdown Saturday to end a successful 16-day scientific research mission that included the first Israeli astronaut.” Sites should strive to remove these, but pages published in cyberspace always have the potential to live on forever. This is a great example of why it’s important for reporters to couch stories with phrases like “expected to” even when something seems certain to happen. And it’s also a good argument for sites to time stamp all published articles.

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