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According to reports, Malia Obama, the President’s oldest daughter, is spending her spring break vacation in Mexico with 12 friends and a contingent of 25 Secret Service agents – despite a State Department warning regarding travel in Mexico.
The vacation was widely reported Monday, but the story is mysteriously disappearing from web sites both large and small, according to The Blaze’s Erica Ritz.
“Around 3:00 EST, a Telegraph story reporting on the event was the first to vanish,” she wrote, adding that “the url remains the same” even after the page disappeared.
The same thing happened at Huffington Post, but their link now goes to an unrelated Yahoo News story entitled, “Senegal Music Star Youssou Ndour Hits Campaign Trail.”
The Yahoo News story that HuffPo links to makes no mention of Malia Obama or her Mexican vacation. That raises two possibilities: either HuffPo has made an error in its link, or Yahoo has also removed its “Malia in Mexico” story. The latter more likely considering that the “-obamas-daughter-spends-springbreak-in-Mexico” url is still present in the Yahoo story.
In fact, consider that the link to the Huffington Post article on Google now goes to the site’s main page. Alas, that story too has been taken down.
The phenomenon is not confined to larger news sites. Smaller news outlets and sites like Free Republic and Global Grind have also removed the story.
So far, no explanation has been given for the mass disappearances, but an admin at Free Republic wrote “Leave the kids alone,” Ritz reported. As of this writing, the post at Free Republic simply reads “Okay” with a link to The Blaze.
“Why were all these stories being taken down?” Ritz asked. “Is the story false? Were they removed for security reasons?”
“There’s a long tradition of keeping presidents’ kids out of the press, but the newswire reported today on details of Obama’s elder daughter’s travel in Mexico,” Buzzfeed added.
One would think if that were the case, news organiztions like AFP and the UK Telegraph would not have printed the story to start with.
“Spokespeople for both AFP, and the White House did not immediately return requests for comment,” Buzzfeed reported, adding to the mystery.
Update: Politico reported early Tuesday that the White House admitted asking media outlets to pull the story. According to Politico, Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, confirmed this was a White House effort.
“From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls,” she wrote in an email.
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