I'm an MSM insider.that goes to the heart of my concern/question.
It is common for online versions to be changed in updates. And the "no comment" change seems on the surface just to be changed to conform to newspaper style (KISS).
It is extremely worthwhile to watch these changes and compare/contrast bylines. Not all reporters and editors are coming from the same professional values these days.
The changes make me suspicious that there is a story line being driven from the top down to override the real reporting/editing.
I keep a list of bylines I suspect don't come from old-school journalists. Your post adds one to my list. Thanks.