Forbes paid a writer $600 to put his name on an article praising Jeffrey Epstein

Forbes paid a writer $600 to put his name on an article praising Jeffrey Epstein

In 2013, Forbes praised Jeffrey Epstein in an article as “one of the largest backers of cutting-edge science around the world” while making absolutely no mention of his criminal past.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution, a deal that he and his legal team negotiated after he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and girls. Under its terms, he faced no federal charges and was made to register as a sex offender.

The 2013 article on the Forbes website was attributed to writer Drew Hendricks, a contributor. However,  he was not the author of the piece. Instead, it was delivered to him by a public relations firm, and Hendricks said he was paid $600 to attach his byline and post it at Forbes.com.

 Hendricks said he had not been aware of Jeffrey Epstein’s history. “All I knew was, this is a guy doing a science thing,” he said. “If I had known otherwise, I wouldn’t have done it.”
After inquiries into why the article praised Epstein and didn’t mention his crimes, Forbes removed the item  “for failing to meet our editorial standards,” it said in an editors note on the page.

Randall Lane, the chief content officer of Forbes Media, in repsonse to inquiries said an article like the one attributed to Mr. Hendricks should not have been posted and would not make the cut now, because the process for screening outside contributors has been strengthened.

“Our North Star is always transparency,” Lane said of Forbes’ handling of problematic articles. “What we’ve learned over the last few days is that this is an area we need to re-evaluate.”

Up until now, the article had been up there since 2013. Funny how they only noticed now that it didn’t “meet their editorial standards.”

 

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