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April 27, 2004

"The Case of the Disappearing Article"

Most interesting commentary by Tony Greiner in Library Journal about an article, "Selling the War Badly," published by Time for its March 2, 1998 issue. The article, about the public's reaction to Clinton's ordering air strikes against Iraq, also had a sidebar by George Bush, Sr. and Brent Scowcroft called "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam."

Greiner's article explains that this 1998 story was available on Time's website until the spring of 2003, just before W. ordered the attack on Baghdad. He credits The Memory Hole with the discovery and for posting a scanned copy of the article. Greiner then goes on to search various databases and attempts to contact Time, EBSCO, Bush Sr. and Scowcroft for their comments.

Yours, &c., LC | 11:46 AM | Librariana | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

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Really, I wonder if he dares to sleep at night. But shouldn't we have known all the way - media and power sit on the same family tree.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at April 28, 2004 06:40 AM

I'm surprised they didn't try to blame it on Tasini. A lot of electronic databases lost a lot of data because of that ruling. (I know, I had to do the deletions!)

However, we only removed what the publishers TOLD us to remove. If anything was removed, it probably came down from TIME--and was probably done without EBSCO's knowledge. Articles could be removed electronically as part of the scheduled feed of new data from the publisher or data provider.

Posted by: Mags at May 5, 2004 03:38 PM