Politico’s Strange Timestamp Process

Politico‘s story on the Fox News firing of its longtime spokesman Brian Lewis first published on August 21 at 12:48 p.m. EDT. That according to the timestamp provided at the top of the story.

We know Politico likes to keep things lemony fresh. They pride themselves on having up to the minute stories. Today that timestamp has changed. No update. Just changed. On the homepage that timestamp now reads August 22, 6:18 a.m.

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We sought comment from Dylan Byers, whose byline is on the stories. The explanation doesn’t sound too sinister but it’s still a little fishy. After checking with the web department, he wrote FishbowlDC: “So it looks like any time we update anything in a story or blog post — the tease or photo or add links or a copy edit — the timestamp that displays on the homepage updates.”