Many believe?

October 29, 2009

Israeli police, Arabs clash near Jerusalem mosque

The compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, where many believe the Jewish Temple stood until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

My 10 year old niece and I were working on a homework assignment yesterday. We saw the original MSNBC article (crediting Reuters for some of the reporting) with the astonishing phrase that “many people believe” that Temple Mount was the home of the ancient temple in Jerusalem.

When the article was “updated” at 2:15 PM, this phrase was curiously removed. Even more interesting was when we found the Reuters version of the article wherein it states, “The compound is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, where the two destroyed biblical temples once stood.” This is a pretty radically different sentence than “many people believe….” and makes it clear that the existence of the biblical temples on this precise spot is a historical fact.

How does this happen? Was it a MSNBC editorial decision to change the phrasing in their original post (and then quickly retreat when they realized they had egg on their faces)?


The “many people believe” phrase was included in our original version of the story, but we removed it from the later update you found.

We normally write that Jews revere the Temple Mount as the site of two destroyed Biblical temples: GBU Editor

A Palestinian woman shouts at Israeli police during clashes in Jerusalem’s Old City October 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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