Forbes recently unearthed a 3 hour deposition of Steve Jobs relating to the Apple backdating scandal he was involved in a few years ago. Now some are asking if Forbes had any inside help in obtaining those transcripts. 9to5Mac lays out an interesting case in the affirmative:
- Forbes is partially owned by Elevation Partners as of 2006
- Yes, the same Elevation Partners that invested heavily in the Palm Pre
- Elevation Partners includes Fred Anderson (former Apple CFO and Board member – who left Apple amid backdating scandal) who isn’t the biggest SJobs fan. Little known fact: He was the CEO that Jobs replaced because he replaced Gil Amelio temporarily while the Apple Board talked Jobs into coming back.
- Obviously Jon Rubenstein, former Apple exec is part of Elevation partners and now chairman of Palm.
- Daniel “Fake Steve” Lyons wrote his often critical Apple views while at Forbes. He now works at Newsweek.
The question is: Can Forbes “rescue itself” from being critical of Apple in light of the fact that it is actually under the same umbrella organization as Palm?
If I were an avid Forbes reader, and be less concerned with anti-Apple bias, and more focused on the shoddy tech writing that seems to emanate from their website every time I happen to click on over there. You’d think a site like Forbes could hire some tech writers who did their homework once in a while!
Valleywag chimes in on the story over here.