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January 30, 2006

Congressional Staffers Routinely Edit Wikipedia Entries Politics

I guess it was inevitable, but the Lowell Sun reports that Congressional staffers have made more than 1,000 edits of Wikipedia entries in just the past six months:

The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan [D-MA] wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest in an independent biography of the Lowell Democrat on a Web site that bills itself as the "world's largest encyclopedia," The Sun has learned.

The Meehan alterations on Wikipedia.com represent just two of more than 1,000 changes made by congressional staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives in the past six month. Wikipedia is a global reference that relies on its Internet users to add credible information to entries on millions of topics.

Matt Vogel, Meehan's chief of staff, said he authorized an intern in July to replace existing Wikipedia content with a staff-written biography of the lawmaker.

Your tax dollars at work.

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