A few minutes after midnight, AP had this story at this link:

Palin stands her ground in VP debate with Biden

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer 42 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS – Under intense scrutiny, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stood her ground Thursday night against a vastly more experienced Joe Biden, debating the economy, energy and global warming, then challenging him on Iraq, “especially with your son in the National Guard.”

The Alaska governor also noted that Biden had once said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wasn’t ready to be commander in chief, “and I know again that you opposed the move that he made to try to cut off funding for the troops and I respect you for that.”

If you click that link now, you’ll get something very different – headline, author, content – I wonder who called

Biden, Palin spar on taxes, war and ‘change’

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 38 minutes ago

Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden sparred over taxes, energy policy and the Iraq war in a high-profile debate in which Palin sought to reclaim her identity as a feisty reformer and Biden tried to undercut the maverick image of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain.

Palin, in the 90-minute forum broadcast Thursday night from Washington University in St. Louis, was under intense pressure to show basic competence on issues facing the next president after a series of embarrassing television interviews called into question her readiness for high office.

I have seen changes of headlines before. Editing a story is common practice. But replacing the author and changing the tone to that extent?

I believe we are witnessing here that change of narrative going on in the media today – adjusting the past to fit the present needs. Someone’s needs to install Obama. read the new article. Compare it with the first. It’s the bias right there.

Toronto Sun seems to still have the original story

Just in case it disappears, and for US voters benefit – the reminder

Biden responded that McCain, too, had voted against funding, and said the Republican presidential candidate had been “dead wrong on the fundamental issues relating to the conduct of the war.”

The clash over Iraq was the most personal, and pointed, of the 90-minute debate in which Palin repeatedly cast herself as a non-Washington politician, part of a “team of mavericks” that was ready to bring change to a country demanding it.

From the opening moments of the debate, Biden sought to make McCain out as a straight-ahead successor to an unpopular President Bush. “He voted four out of five times for George Bush’s budget, which put us a half-trillion dollars in debt and over $4 trillion in debt since he got here,” he said of McCain.

Palin merely accused Biden of reciting the past rather than looking to the future. “Americans are cravin’ that straight talk“ that McCain offers, she said

So, who had a problem with Jim Kuhnhenn? Rupert? Bueler? Anyone?

Speaking of Rupert, I found the replacement story disguised ad Fox news editorial, no author given.

I was there looking for a debate poll  (palin 86%
biden 12%) – which has been since …replaced with the replacement

For good measure, here’s how those post-debate polls were concocted

The poll purports to provide the opinions of “uncommitted” voters.

Well, like a good lawyer, I read the fine print, and I found that uncommitted includes voters who are truly undecided and voters who have already chosen a candidate, but who “could still change their minds.” So, some of the individuals polled are already leaning towards a candidate. The poll fails to provide a breakdown of their choices.