This morning, members of Dan Snyder‘s message board, ExtremeSkins, did as they were instructed to do in this space yesterday and began asking folks who run Snyder’s board why the poster going by “Horatio” had been purged from the site.

Horatio’s messages were quickly restored.

Chalk that up as a win for all that’s good. And a win for Cheap Seats Daily!

A recap: A comprehensive, caffeine-fueled and Google-cache-assisted investigation by Cheap Seats Daily’s I-Team proved, using a high-tech app called “screen shots,” that moderators at Snyder’s site had purged years of contributions from a poster named “Horatio.” The purge came after Horatio posted a quote that the Redskins owner made in 2000, during an interview that was recently re-released on DVD. Snyder was asked by PBS host Jeff Greenfield how he targeted markets when he was with Snyder Communications. Snyder’s response to Greenfield was as shocking as it was honest:

“We were looking at trend lines,” Snyder says. “We saw that the aging baby boomer demographics were coming on strong. That meant there’s going to be a lot more diabetic patients, a lot more cancer patients, etc. How do we capture those market segments?”

He called these market segments “$5 million niches.” Bluntly: He exploited the ill.

Ewwww!

Putting that quote up got Horatio booted from the message board, which was an independent gathering place for Redskins fans before Snyder, in his neverending quest to control reality, bought it from Extremeskins’ founders several years ago.

Yesterday, during a comments section war on City Desk waged between me and Extremeskins regulars that often hit levels of intellectuality found in the Lincoln/Douglas debates, or maybe the Palin/Couric interview, I requested that the true believer message board members ask their moderators to explain why, after years of claiming they don’t censor Snyder bashers, they’d purged poor Horatio.

And so somebody did. But rather than answer that question, Snyder’s moderators instead attempted to put back the posts they’d removed and act like it never happened. Alas, their first attempt failed to fool all the minions. But, by mid-morning, Horatio existed again. His posting of Snyder’s cancer quote is clickable again. Whole threads Horatio had started about Cheap Seats Daily’s posts that had vanished just days ago are now back up.

The world is spinning again.

Will Snyder’s moderators go the purge route again to try to stifle dissent against the boss? Sure they will! But we’ll be watching!

And now, once more, here’s the quote from Dan Snyder that Dan Snyder’s moderators didn’t want you to see:

“We were looking at trend lines,” Snyder says. “We saw that the aging baby boomer demographics were coming on strong. That meant there’s going to be a lot more diabetic patients, a lot more cancer patients, etc. How do we capture those market segments?”

Ewwwwww!

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