Monday, September 3, 2007

Why is MAMZ's Homophobic 1993 Essays Missing from Google Cache?

[UPDATE] of 11/08/2010:  The Northern Illinois University's Northern Star Student newspaper link to the letter below has changed not just three but now FOUR times in three years since my first publication of this letter at various blogs, but it can currently be found here.

[UPDATE] of 2/3/2010: The Northern Illinois University's Northern Star Student newspaper link to the letter below has changed three times in three years by the Northern Star newspaper, and was completely offline immediately after my first publication of this letter at various blogs, but it can currently be found here.

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On August 1, 2007, I revealed in an article at The Truth About Kos that "Markos C.A. Moulitsas published a virulently anti-gay essay when he was a college freshman, adamantly opposing ALL gays in the military because gays made him "inherently uncomfortable."

So that the article can be found through a Google search, I will post the original article verbatim here:
Posted: Monday, January 25, 1993 12:00 am

It's truly disturbing how much ado has been made over Bill Clinton's campaign promise to lift the ban on homosexuals from the U.S. military. It's ironic how it has taken a president who has never served in the military to make a promise that affects the military in such a negative manner.

Those who have served in the military, such as myself, understand the demands and pressures of military life are incompatible with allowing integration with homosexuals. I'm neither socially conservative or prejudiced, and neither is liberal columnist Mike Royko, Gen. Colin Powell, and influential liberal Democrats Sam Nunn and Les Aspin, all who've come out against lifting the ban.

Under military circumstances, as much has to be done as possible to focus the unit's mission and keep disciplinary problems to a minimum. Worrying about whether the known homosexual sleeping next to you is watching as you change your underwear may seem trivial as you read this, but to the soldier who's short-tempered after three weeks in the field and four hours of daily sleep, it becomes a matter of great importance to his pride and sensibilities. And in any case, there aren't many people who would change clothes in a group of co-workers if members of the opposite sex were in the same room watching. There is something inherently uncomfortable about it.

Such fears would go a long way in disrupting efficiency and morale in a unit.



After reading this article, some readers have wondered whether "undecided" refers to MAMZ's sexuality or his intended major at the University.

Over the last three years, ss the Northern Illinois University has gone about reformatting its archives, it has added a field in which readers can click on comments.  With respect to its archives, this is  a mistake, since no apparent effort has been made to link to responses to letters to the editor or responses to articles made in the past.  In the present instance, NIU makes the mistake of saying that MAMZ's article had "0 comments", even though search of their archives shows that  a former military woman student, CHERYL ANNDEL,  published a vigorous counter-argument about MAMZ's letter.  That counter-argument is posted in its entirety, and can also be found on the NIU website by diligent searchers.  This critical article can also be found here at Truth About Kos even if NIU changes the addresses of all of their articles for a sixth time.

Within two weeks, the knowledge of Moulitsas' virulent college homophobia became part of what is known in the blogosphere about MAMZ, modifying forever the blogosphere's image of MAMZ, because the article showed MAMZ to be a reactionary Republican as well as a very sexually immature and insecure and really quite laughable man, like Republican Senator Larry Craig.

However, by August 31, I reported at Truth About Kos and others reported in two other blogs that the homophobic article had gone missing from the archives of the student newspaper where MAMZ published it, along with every single article mentioning the name "Moulitsas." In fact, at least thirteen years of archives that we online at MAMZ's alma mater on August 1 were no longer online on August 31. And now the article seems to be missing from the Google cache as well.

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On August 31, I called the Northern Star student newspaper at Northern Illinois University and was told that, as I reported at FPP, although the website was undergoing renovations, the all of the archives would be available again within a week, according to a named source at the paper.
On August 31, we thought we had found a reliable and readily accessible backup of the orginal speech when Roy Solomon at PFF pointed out that the article could still be found in cache on stored articles at Google, and he posted a screen shot of that cache.
On September 1, I reported that MAMZ was confronted at DailyKos with this essay, acknowledged that he had written it, and said it showed he was a "stupid ass."

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Howeveer, five days later, there are still nine years of articles missing from the Northern Illinois University campus newspaper, including almost three dozen articles written by MAMZ. And now the Google cache of the homophobic article has also gone missing.

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We've got some great technical minds at PFF and surely one of them can offer a perfectly reasonable explanation why the Google cache is not be available where it was before and the link no longer works.


Anonymous said...

It turns out that Google will delete pages from the cache if and only if it gets a 404 from the url (I assume there must be some timeout ???). By simply removing the server from the net we did not get the file out of Google's cache and it sat there for four months.

One other thing I found is the url to request Google to remove items from the cache urgently. This still requires that Google gets a 404 for the url and takes "3 to 5 days".

Francis Holland said...

So, it might be fairly unusual for something to disappear from the Google cash after a maximum of two weeks, unless someone specifically ASKED that it be deleted.

Tom said...

I feel pretty confident about why these things are missing. I've been surprised that they didn't disappear faster. I was (wrongly, it turns out) impressed that Markos had the smarts to avoid making the controversy bigger by attempting a coverup.

As Martha Stewart, Richard Nixon and so many others have learned, cover-ups tend to be the time when things really get out of hand.

Unknown said...

So people can't change their opinions?