This is standard non-journalism practice for the AP.
Associated Press Assailed for Headline ‘Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem’ Following Infant’s Death in Terror Attack
OCTOBER 23, 2014 2:23 PM
Author: Ben Cohen
AP’s original headline as displayed by a Lebanese newspaper, which cites “Occupied Jerusalem” as the location of the terror attack story. Image: The Daily Star.
The Associated Press news agency is under fire for a headline it ran yesterday following the terrorist attack in Jerusalem which injured several people and claimed the life of a three month-old baby, U.S. citizen Chaya Zissel Braun.
In its first report of the attack, AP ran the headline: “Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem.” As Jonah Goldberg pointed out at the National Review, AP then “changed [the headline] to ‘Car slams into east Jerusalem train station.’ Finally, after widespread outrage on social media, they changed it to ‘Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station.’”
However, the first iteration of the story remains online, for example at the website of the Lebanese daily newspaper The Daily Star. In addition to the offending headline, which makes no mention of the terrorist attack, the words “Occupied Jerusalem” appear as the location of the story.