Where art thou, “Horatio“?

Last night, I was getting my normal load of giggles from the burgundy and gold obsessives that patronize Dan Snyder’s message board, Extremeskins, when I came across a reference to a City Desk item I’d posted on Monday. My post here was about the recent re-release of a decade-old PBS program called “CEO Exchange,” in which Snyder admits, boasts even, that his pre-Redskins firm, Snyder Communications, targeted the infirm to make money.

“We saw that the aging baby boomer demographics were coming on strong,” Snyder says on the program. “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 says he looked at these “market segments” as “$5 million niches.”

Ewww! Anyway, an Extremeskins poster going by the name of “Horatio” posted the link to my item on Snyder’s site, and called Snyder a meanie name while doing it.

Here’s what Horatio wrote:

There’s a lot of proof that Synder is a Class A Doofus. This one shows that Synder made lots of money by targeting people dying of cancer and diabetes:

“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?”

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/b…ancer-victims/

But Horatio’s original post disappeared from the thread shortly after he made it — only a cut and paste version from a poster named “Authentic,” responding to Horatio’s post, remained on the site.

I am not a member of extremeskins, and have no idea who Horatio is. I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with extremeskins moderators over the years — all via email or the City Desk comments section — but I’ve never been unentertained by the site, and they always denied censoring anybody’s posts about Snyder, and I believed them.

Until now!

Unhealthily intrigued by finding the City Paper link removed, I just started Googling. And Google Cache’ing. For waaaay too long. And, sure enough, somebody’s been playing games at Snyder’s site since Snyder’s cancer quote was posted.

Horatio’s been purged!

From all my cache-surfing, I found that old threads that Horatio started about Washington City Paper items are now unclickable. Typical is what happened to the thread called “Snyder Dusts Off 200,000 Name Waiting List Claim“: It still exists in Google cache form, But, the  original thread is gone.

Threads get moved all the time on message boards, so disappearing threads alone are hardly evidence of censorship. But searching for other Horatio posts, the attempted whitewash of this obviously loyal City Desk reader became clear.

Take, for example, the differences that now exist in the Google standard and cache versions of an Extremeskins thread called “Response to redskins.com survey: how to stop TO.

Using the cache function, I saw that Horatio posted in the thread on November 14th, 2007, at 10:26 AM. Posts are listed chronologically on Extremeskins. That means Horatio’s post should be stuck betweenSkinsWizCubsDukes‘ post in the same thread at 10:25 a.m., and Dick Edds’ post at 10:28. But it’s not there any more.

(After the jump: Visual evidence of censorship on Snyder’s board, and proof that Cheap Seats Daily spent way too much time trying to prove it…)

So, the Google cache version of the Extremeskins page looks like this (click image to enlarge):

However: The page as it now appears on extremeskins, while still containing prose from SkinsWizCubsDukes and DickEdds, no longer has Horatio’s. Here ’tis (click image to enlarge and see that Horatio’s been scrubbed out):

Horatio’s been purged from Extremeskins! What about all those censorship denials, Mr. Moderators?

And who’s the bigger tool: Dan Snyder, for purging everything a guy had written on his site just for posting a quote about exploiting cancer victims to make his fortune? Or me, for trying to prove Snyder purged everything a guy had written on his site just for posting a quote about exploiting cancer victims to make his fortune?

In any case, the moral here should be: Censorship of Cheap Seats Daily readers doesn’t pay. So I’ll leave by posting Snyder’s quote about exploiting cancer victims to make his fortune. In bold:

“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?”

As you were…