What Happened to the Drug Czar’s Blog?

I was delighted to notice this evening that the drug czar’s blog, Pushingback.com seems to have removed every post written prior to Obama’s inauguration. What was formerly one of the web’s greatest collections of unhinged drug war propaganda now houses only 3 posts. It’s an epic massacre of wretched crap that should never have been written in the first place.

Classic embarrassments such as the fake map of San Francisco, the crazy 'burrito taster' poster, and the time they lied about their web traffic are gone forever, along with every other annoying artifact of former drug czar John Walters’s tragic flirtations with new media. I’m sure it’s all archived somewhere, but it’s probably best left to rot unless you’re making a documentary called Worst Drug Czar Ever.

The archives of Pushingback.com are basically a map of everything ONDCP has been up to for the last couple years. It was the single best source for following the drug czar’s speeches, photo-ops, programs and propaganda. Suddenly, all of John Walters horrible accomplishments are erased and the bloggers who’ve been picking away at him for years are left with a bunch of dead links.

The big question is how this came about. I’d really love to know whose executive decision it was to take out John Walters’s garbage. I spot-checked a couple other government blogs and found Bush administration posts still available, even on divisive topics such as foreign policy. For now, it looks like the purge at Pushingback.com isn’t just a matter of out with the old, in with the new.

If someone in the new administration thinks we don’t need this crap anymore, they’re damn right.
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A Fitting Legacy for John P. Walters

Now that former Drug Czar John P. Walters’ legacy has been expunged from public view, much as if someone had painted over some insane graffiti scrawled on a gas station restroom stall, the true history of Mr. Walters’ tenure will be written by drug law activists as well as the New York Times, which cited Walters as being unable to provide accurate public information regarding any aspect of the drug war.

Walters’ ignominious departure from government should be seen as a stern warning to any future drug czar: lie about drugs, and you will be exposed and your public career shall be ruined.

Giordano

Yep

I am so happy I saved a .pdf copy of the burrito taster picture. I'm having it made poster sized so I can put it in my office.

Wayback Machine

Not that anyone would want to go read their lies, but the "Wayback Machine" at Archive.org seems to have archived some of it:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://pushingback.com/

There might be "legitimate" reasons to sift through it. I am also sure old pages can be pulled out of Google's cache, even diffed against current pages, but I've not done it.

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