Kaitlan Collins bylines deleted on stories she made for the Tucker Carlson site

Something strange is happening with the signatures of star CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins linked to stories she wrote as an entertainment reporter for the Daily Caller – the right-wing website co-founded by Tucker Carlson, where Collins cut his teeth as a journalist.

At least five of Collin’s Daily Caller’s signatures linked to potentially embarrassing click-bait stories appear to have been erased. Instead of its name, there is now the word “contributor”.

But a quick check of the internet archives known as the Wayback Machine shows Collins’s signature still affixed to the top of those stories, including an April 6, 2015 article titled, “The wonders of the Internet are Obama’s girls’ skirts that are too short.”

At the time, President Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha were 16 and 13, respectively.

Also missing is a signature, a photo from November 18, 2015 titled: “13 Syrian refugees that we would take immediately. ” The story explains that this is because “they are very sexy in Syria”.

The photos of the so-called hot refugees are no longer tied to the story or cached on the Wayback Machine as they were Instagram photos. But the Wayback Machine clearly shows Collins signature attached to history.

One of the most memorable stories was “Ice Bucket Challenge Hipsters: These Guantanamo Inmates Did It First”, published August 18, 2014. He likens the then viral ice bucket challenge, where people threw ice water on their heads to raise money for ALS, to waterboarding. The following is a list of Guantanamo Bay detainees who “got their due”.

Collins’ signature also appears to have disappeared from a photo posted on June 14, 2016, titled, “Great photos of Melania Trump on Donald Trump’s birthday.” Its name also changed from “DIY: how to dazzle like Michelle Obama” published October 22, 2014.

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Kaitlan Collins (left) is now a CNN reporter known for asking tough questions of US presidents.
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Contacted via Twitter and asked about the missing signatures, Collins replied, “I’m sorry but I have no idea. I haven’t worked there for over four years. Your best bet is to ask DC (Daily Caller), ”she said.

Indeed, the signing switcharoo apparently should have been done by someone inside the Daily Caller, whose phone message instructs “Patriots” to press “1” to leave a message.

Calls to Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel, who reportedly bought out Carlson’s stake in 2020, and current site editor Geoff Ingersoll were not returned at time of writing.

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Kaitlan Collins made her debut at Daily Caller, the right-wing website co-founded by Tucker Carlson.
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The NY Post’s Jon Levine, who brought the disappearance guidelines to my attention, believes Collins would like the stories to disappear because they don’t match his current image.

“Kaitlan L. Collins has been with the network since joining in 2017,” he said. “She is not popular in Trump’s country where she was considered a standard partisan CNN reporter. Few today remember that she made her Daily Caller debut as an entertainment columnist doing a lot of low-rent clickbait.

Collins was banned from the White House briefing room in 2018 for shouting a question at then-President Donald Trump, which he deemed “inappropriate.” However, conservative experts quickly came to her defense and she was reinstated.

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Kaitlan Collins says she has no idea how some of her signatures have disappeared from the stories she made while working for the right-wing Daily Caller.
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She also managed to upset Trump’s successor Joe Biden, including asking him a question last month about his recent meeting with Russian President Vladamir Putin. Biden then apologized for his “where the hell …” response, saying “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.”

Collins’ signature was not removed from the Daily Caller site and can still be seen on many other stories she wrote. The site lists over 2,900 mentions, but they also include links to stories she has made for CNN.

By 2017, she became White House correspondent for the Daily Caller, covering Trump’s White House and quickly recruited by Jeff Zucker’s team at CNN.

CNN, when asked if he had pushed for the deletion of his signature, denied knowing about it.

“Do you honestly believe that A) I / CNN would ask for this [or] B) that Daily Caller would be happy to oblige if I did? Said spokesperson Matt Dornic. “I would have liked to have had that kind of influence. But unfortunately no. Sounds like a question for DC [Daily Caller]. “

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