The Hilltop's Memory Hole

In the last two months both The Hoya and The Voice have excised from their websites articles some considered controversial.  Additionally, last semester The Voice removed a political cartoon after it was deemed racist by a group of race hustlers looking for a pretext to foist the "Diversity" Requirement on the studentry, despite the fact the cartoon was in defense of a black person and was actually chiding two white dudes.  

For those who haven't read George Orwell's masterful work Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the term "memory hole" was first coined, it refers to  ". . . any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened."  

In the case of The Hoya, they've removed the article, which was about Hilltoss, but have left up their statement of retraction.  A better move would have been to leave the article up and then publish their own views for why they made a mistake in publishing, along with any errors of fact contained in the piece.  That would be more honest.

We offered the author, Yash Diwan, a platform to republish it here without comment in the interest of transparency and free speech, but he refused citing disagreement with our journal's positions and the fact we don't really care about such an inconsequential issue like whether or not students should be selling trendy salads with exotic ingredients.  

The Voice has been more Orwellian.  This summer they removed a piece by Zoe Dobkin on Willa Murphy's rape allegation and which was condemnatory of GUSA and the Administration over the process of reforming sexual assault policies at Georgetown.  Not only was the piece disappeared, but no trace remains on The Voice website that it even existed in the first place.  

A similar thing happened last semester (we cover it here) when left-wing political cartoonist Dylan Cutler drew the aforementioned cartoon making fun of the GUSA presidential election.  The Voice threw it down the memory hole, and the only proof on their website that it even existed is then Editor-in-Chief Dayana Morales Gomez's cowardly apologynot to mention her selling out of one of her own staff members (who to be honest, did make it easy by refusing to stand up for himself).

At TGA, we're willing to republish any piece that either The Hoya or The Voice throws down the memory hole.  We don't have to agree with what is written (and there is a good chance we won't), but we'll republish it without comment in the interest of transparency and free speech.

We believe that speech on-campus should be free and unfettered, especially in student discourse and the campus publications.  For more about our views on speech at Georgetown, see here