Now, I know Web sites, particularly magazine and newspaper Web sites, are run for profit and are under no obligation to keep all their content online.
That said, I think it’s a huge mistake that Forbes magazine seems to have removed the famous “Whistleblowers on Fraud Facing Penalties” article, written by Deborah Hastings and published on 8/24/07. It was about the US government prosecuting US citizens who were trying to fight fraud in Iraq.
So I wrote to Forbes to complain:
To: Forbes Magazine
Subject: What Happened to the “Whistleblowers on Fraud Facing Penalties” by Deborah Hastings Article (date: 08/24/07)?
Why isn’t it online anymore?
I thought that was one of the most important articles Forbes ever published, not to mention one of the most unlikely, given the conservative tilt of Forbes. I blogged about the article, and linked to it from my Web site.
So, I did a periodic link check and found the article cannot be found at the Forbes site. I think that’s very unfortunate. It’s too important to not keep it online in its entirety as a constant reminder of how far our country has sunk over the last 7 years.
Luckily, I downloaded a copy of it. I am tempted to post a different 20% of it every day on my Web site, so that the content can be retained on the Web and without violating your copyright.
Disgusted, but not surprised,
Laurie D. T. Mann