On November 19th the BBC News website’s Middle East page ran a report on the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut earlier that day.
“The Iranian ambassador to Beirut confirmed Mr Ansari’s death to Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV, but said it was not clear if he had been in the embassy itself or one of the residential buildings nearby.
Mr Ansari had only taken up his post a month ago, he said.
The ambassador blamed Israel for the attack – an accusation Israel swiftly rejected.”
Despite the fact that the attack was later claimed by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades – as reported by the BBC itself on its dedicated live page and as noted in a later version of the report – the Iranian propaganda was left standing.
The Iranian ambassador’s propaganda was removed from later versions of the report.