One of the things I most like about the net is that it multiplies effort, well, effortlessly. All it takes is one single, dedicated (some might say obsessed) person who applies themselves to some highly specialised field. Whatever that person finds was once locked away in diaries or shoe boxes or spilled like the Ancient Mariner to one person at a time.
Not any more. Take Smintheus over at Kos who has a thing for pronouncements from the White House, a huge familiarity with the WH website and a lethal eye for detail. smintheus has noticed that the White House website is getting scrubbed.
The WH website evidently has been busy scrubbing links to interviews and perhaps other public appearances by top officials. The operation has proceeded somewhat unevenly, though aggressively. Pretty clearly the WH wants to make it much harder to research the administration's past pronouncements, especially unscripted ones, and especially those pertaining to Iraq.
[...] It's difficult to tell how extensive the operation has been, of course, but clearly it has wide dimensions. The most obvious losses from the White House website have been the transcripts of interviews. A little searching for prominent interviews by the Vice President quickly turned up some striking absences.
smintheus then works their way through the website, noting holes, gaps, absences and dead links, especially to radio interviews that are more likely to contain off-the-cuff comments that can come back to haunt a government when their prediction machine goes on the blink.