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VIN'S EYE VIEW
By Victor Hernandez
Or why Vin's Eye View is no longer printed on The Daily Aztec.
Illustration from Indigenous Mexican Codex.
Comic strips by Victor Hernandez.
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 1997 13:26:20 -0800
Subject: Recent Vin's Eye View
I read your recent submissions of Vin's Eye View and I find them unacceptable.
[Notice he said "I." According to Jamie Butow, and by Greg's own admission during the time I talked with with about the "American Indians" matter only the editorial board could decide if a strip should be censored or not. Was that policy being enforced in here?]
Before we agreed to print your strip, we told you not to run strips that attack the editorial content of The Daily Aztec. Both of these strips do this.
[First of all this is false. I explicitly told Jamie that I would NOT be censored, and the only response she could come up with was that the editorial board would decide when material should be censored or not. I was NEVER told not to attack the Aztec. In fact, I was told by Greg himself that if I wanted to take a different position than the one taken by an editorial I could do so, just not on the same day. As idiotic as this may be that's what he said and I simply did it.]
[And besides, the strips hardly said anything that could be considered other than a logic criticism based on the available data (something the Aztec's editorials often didn't even bother to do.) Greg's statement, therefore, was simply uncalled for.]
Neither of these strips will be published.
[This, in case you are wondering, is known as CENSORSHIP.]
If you want a strip published in Tuesday's paper, submit it by 5 p.m. Monday. It is now 1:30 p.m. This allows 3 1/2 hours. I realize it is a tight deadline and I hope you receive this message in time.
[What this means is that he will only accept what he wants. Still, he had already told me in the past that often he himslef didn't agree with some of the editorials other writers submitted, but that he printed them nevertheless. Why was my honest criticism not deserving of the same treatment?]
For Thursday's strip, please submit another one by the close of business on Tuesday.
[I told him to go to hell, of course. Well, not with those words, but with the similar idea in mind.]
Daily Aztec Opinion Editor
Jamie Butow, Daily Aztec Editor in Chief
[This means Jamie, the editor in chief was aware of this because a copy of the e-mail was sent to her at the same time it was sent to me. If this is true then she was part of the censorship because she did nothing about it. Not only she contradicted her own words about the "editorial board" being the ones responsible for decisions on censorship, but she contradicted the Aztec's statements about the United States being "based on freedom" and justifying the Aztec's printing of adult-oriented ads on the basis of freedom of speech. What a sham!]
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