I encountered this formulation, but I don't know what it means, and the online dictionary does not help me. So ...

What does "pull a story" mean?

Does it mean that some story is made up? Or rather the opposite, that something confidential is revealed?


  • Yes, that's the context I'm looking for. You should make that an answer @StoneyB Commented May 14, 2015 at 23:36

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It's a phrase from journalism, meaning withdraw the story from publication, as when a story in an early edition of a newspaper proves to be inaccurate or unfounded (or annoys a big advertiser) and is removed from subsequent editions.

Over the years the phrase has been extended to broadcast and internet journalism.

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