Palin‘s Wikipedia page was edited shortly before John McCain announced her as his VP. The Wikipedia results were a much more favorable perspective on the candidate.
This type of favorable, or strategic editing of public information is not new. Diebold was caught in the act, altering their records and those of their competitors. Wikipedia is no novice to this tactic and replaced the edited content in Diebold‘s case. (Corporations, politicians alter their, and their competitors Wikipedia entries? Noooooo! by Writes Like She Talks, also see Who’s Editing Wikipedia? by Plunderbund)
This is uncouth at best, but inappropriate is a good word for it too. Spin doctors at work, the Republicans are already weaving their magic web around Sarah Palin to cast her in the best light possible.
The media is of course run by liberals, right? Riiiiggggghhhhhtttttt…. I’m sure the liberals were lining up to give Palin the good word on Wikipedia.
Pandering. Artifice. Is this what we should expect of 21st Century politics?
Now I see why cynicism is so popular.
Interestingly, at the time I wrote this (08-29-08 – 6:45PM EST) I had a hard time finding the official website for Sarah Palin. I have a website, and I am not running for Vice President. What happened to her website? I found the Alaska governor’s website on the US Government website: http://gov.state.ak.us/ But my question is, why doesn’t she have a personal website outside the government? I’m ready to start checking facts.