Now it has come to our attention that PolitiFact Texas has followed PolitiFact National's lead in unpublishing stories when it decides they are defective.
A publisher may have legitimate reasons for unpublishing a story. But in the interest of transparency organizations should not totally remove the defective work from public view. Organizations should archive the story and keep it available before and after the organization puts the needed changes into effect.
Lately PolitiFact disappears the entire story and only posts a link to the archived version after republishing a reworked version.
If there's a good excuse for that doughnut hole in transparency we are not aware of it.
We also disapprove of PolitiFact only communicating its decision to unpublish the item on Twitter. That's transparency only for the Twitterverse. Readers deserve better than that.
As a candidate, Greg Abbott called for school principal leadership trainings. On the Abbott-O-Meter in his 4th year as governor, it's a PROMISE BROKEN.https://t.co/gqMtBTpEh9— PolitiFact Texas (@PolitiFactTexas) January 4, 2018
Update Jan. 10, 2018
We found what is apparently the original version of the Abbott-O-Meter ruling and archived it at the Internet Archive.