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From: Ali Houissa <ah16-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: =?windows-1252?Q?=5BMELANET=2DL=5D_Vogue=92s_flattering_article_on_Syria=92?= =?windows-1252?Q?s_first_lady_is_scrubbed_from_Web?=
Newsgroups: gmane.education.libraries.mela
Date: Thursday 26th April 2012 13:14:48 UTC (over 4 years ago)
Vogue piece on Assad’s wife disappears<http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/vogue-profile-on-assads-wife-disappears/2012/04/25/gIQAgMWthT_story.html>
It may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in
decades.

-- And then the story disappeared.

The 3,200-word article apparently proved so embarrassing to the magazine
that it scrubbed it from its Web site, an almost-unheard-of step for a
mainstream media organization and a generally acknowledged violation of
digital etiquette.

Today it’s impossible to find the article, “A Rose in the Desert,” on
Vogue’s Web site. Links to it lead to a notice on Vogue.com reading,
“Oops. The page you’re looking for can not be found,” next to a photo
of a fashion model looking sternly into the camera.
Buck’s story is still available on the subscribers-only Nexis database,
which archives published articles and broadcast transcripts. According to
the Atlantic magazine<http://www.theatlantic.com/>, the
only freely available copy of “A Rose in the Desert”<http://www.presidentassad.net/ASMA_AL_ASSAD/Asma_Al_Assad_News_2011/Asma_Assad_Vogue_February_2011.htm>
is on a Web site maintained by a Syrian journalist
(President­assad.net<http://www.presidentassad.net/>,
which calls Bashar al-Assad “the President of a Just & Comprehensive
Peace”). The site is based in Syria, which places it beyond the reach of
Vogue’s owner, Conde Nast.

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