In Mike Dunford’s PT blog The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise and Misrepresentation of Pianka., some commenters noticed that the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise was pulling all articles mentioning the Pianka affair. I was trying to get to that article on the Gazette as well, but was also unable to find it. That is, until I started hunting around the internet caches. I have retrieved parts of the article; see below the fold for before and after (scrubbing) comparisons. The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise must be more than a little nervous. It’s quite a story.
My opening bid: the April 2nd, 2006 Cover Page is still accessible on-line. I’m making a virtual wager (this is a virtual pub, after all), and that is that the Cover Page will be gone by Monday.
Will Chloe get the download before Mims’ minions destroy the hard disk? Will Harry Potter be able to defeat the spell of invisibility the Gazette is putting on all articles Pianka? Read on…
Mike Dunford has a post called The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, My Foot, and My Mouth that explains why the Seguin Gazette mistakenly yanked the Pianka articles, and notes that they are now all back on-line.
A new mystery: in the last two stories, reporter Jamie Mobley’s name has been changed to Jamie Maxfield.
First off, let’s look at part of the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise’s “News Lasso” page, as retrieved earlier today:
That’s not what it looked like just two days ago, on April 5th, 2006:
Then, the article “Controversy swirls around UT professor” was prominently displayed between two other articles also from April 4th, one on the Pecan Fest, and one on a Business Professions of America student competitor.
What happens when you get into Google’s cache to try to view these three articles? If the expungement of the Pianka piece was simply the Gazette trimming articles after a normal wait of a few days, then none of the other April 4th articles should be available. Yet, they’re all on-line today. In fact, the Gazette archives articles for a whole month. Why is the Pianka article missing?
The Pecan Fest article is still on-line…
And the BPA Student’s article is still on-line…
But, what happens when you try to get to the Pianka article?
What is the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise so worried about? I don’t know, but the Cheshire Cat is out of the bag, thanks to Google’s Cache.