An oddity.

Yesterday evening local time, Thursday’s edition of The Times of London posted the following article.  So far so good:

A continent looks on nervously as Greek union flexes muscles – Times Online.

The fourth paragraph read:

The public sector union ADEDY certainly flexed its muscles yesterday. American tourists gathered outside the empty terminals of Athens airport; museums, including Greece’s formidable archaeological sites, were closed. Ferries to the Aegean islands stayed in port. Schools were shut, hospitals were reduced to emergency services and rubbish was uncollected.

This describes a fairly dire situation of public unions shutting down the country.

Just before bed I read an early post for Thursday’s New York Times entitled: “Greek Civil Servants Strike Over Austerity Measures” which painted a different picture.  It was very relaxed about the strikes describing them as “modest” rather than the picture painted by The Times.  The first sentence, cached on my iPhone, is “Labor unions mounted a challenge to proposed spending cuts that officials…”
This morning I found that story gone.  In its stead was a much stronger piece

Greek Public Workers Strike Over Austerity Measures –

This story takes a much different tack.  It’s first paragraph reads:

Striking civil servants brought public services to a halt across Greece on Wednesday, in a largely peaceful one-day protest against the tough austerity measures that officials have said are necessary to stave off a mounting financial crisis.

Signaling the seriousness of the strikes.  This leads to two interesting questions:

  1. What happened to the original post?  It is missing from all searches and links made last night re-direct to this morning’s article.
  2. How did the under-researched article get as far as it did?

If anyone can find the original Times article from Midnight last night I’d be abridged.  I don’t believe this a great conspiracy but it does underscore some hunches I have about The New York Times (but that’s for another posting).