MY THEORY ON THE BEAM ARTICLE
I think it was a stunt to create traffic on the Globe's website. You'll note the prominent ad in the middle of the article. Why else would Beam have e-mailed all the prominent bloggers telling them what he was going to do?
The reaction was predictable. All the bloggers linked to the articled and took it down, probably reulting in record hits for the Globe. (it's #6 on Blogdex).
My prediction -- you'll see a lot more of the hit-and-run pieces on blogs in the next few weeks.