The Washington Post deleted quotes from a story after a source requested it.
The Post later added the quotes back after the Washingtonian asked about the quote deletion. The Washington Post’s spokesperson declined to comment to iMediaEthics about the deletion and reinstatement, only pointing to its editor’s note.
The article, “America’s Test Kitchen and Christopher Kimball have settled their contentious three-year lawsuit,” reported o the settlement of the dispute between America’s Test Kitchen and its founder.
After the Post removed the quotes, it tacked on this editor’s note:
“Editor’s note: A previous version of this story included comments from Christopher Kimball reacting to his legal settlement with America’s Test Kitchen. After the story was published, Kimball asked that the quotes be removed, saying that he had been unaware that speaking to The Post placed him in potential violation of the settlement.”
Then, it later added the quotes back in and posted this note:
“Editor’s note: A previous version of this story removed comments from Christopher Kimball at his request because he said he had been unaware that speaking to The Post placed him in potential violation of a legal settlement. Upon further review, his comments have been restored, and comments from America’s Test Kitchen have been added.”