Source:  Erica Ritz

Have you heard that Malia Obama, the president’s daughter, is reportedly spending her spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico? Allegedly, she’s jetting off with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents to a country that the State Department has said all Americans should avoid. But something is different about the latest “Obama vacation controversy:” references to it are disappearing from the Internet — and fast.

Around 3:00 EST, a Telegraph story reporting on the event was the first to vanish (note how the url remains the same in the “before” and “after”):

Malia Obama Oaxaca, Mexico Vacation Story Disappearing from the Web

Before

Malia Obama Oaxaca, Mexico Vacation Story Disappearing from the Web

After

Then, the related Huffington Post article was found to be linking back to a completely unrelatedYahoo News page titled “Senegal Music Star Youssou Ndour Hits Campaign Trail.”

The Huffington Post article:

Malia Obama Oaxaca, Mexico Vacation Story Disappearing from the Web

Links to this site:

Malia Obama Oaxaca, Mexico Vacation Story Disappearing from the Web

The Yahoo News story that HuffPo links to makes no mention of Malia Obama or her Mexican vacation. That raises two possibilities: either HuffPo has made an error in its link, or Yahoo has also removed its “Malia in Mexico” story. The latter more likely considering that the “-obamas-daughter-spends-springbreak-in-Mexico” url is still present in the Yahoo story.

In fact, consider that the link to the Huffington Post article on Google now goes to the site’s main page. Alas, that story too has been taken down.

In addition to larger news organizations, smaller sites are also removing their stories.