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Katehi's effort to alter search engine results backfires spectacularly

A UC Davis police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.
A UC Davis police officer uses pepper spray as he walks down a line of Occupy demonstrators sitting on the ground at the University of California, Davis on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Special to The Sacramento Bee

Call it what you may: Sweeping it under the rug. Whitewashing. Covering up. Dumb.

Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis, a major public university, blundered by using $175,000 in taxpayer money to hire consultants to cleanse the Internet of mention of the 2011 pepper spraying of student protesters.

Her failed attempt, detailed by The Sacramento Bee's Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert, was antithetical to what academia stands for, and an affront to the wide-open notion of the Internet.

We don't call it Nixonian. That's reserved for a special kind of creepiness. But Katehi's effort to alter search engine results has backfired spectacularly, as is evident by countless tweets, postings and articles:

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