29 August 2008

Palin's Wikipedia Entry Overhauled Overnight

Sarah Palin's Bio Gets Padded
By Yuki Noguchi / August 29, 2008

If you happened to check Sarah Palin's Wikipedia entry Thursday, you might have had a good tip about today's announcement. Someone — and apparently it was just one person — felt like the existing biography wasn't appropriate for a vice-presidential candidate.

To listen to NPR's report, go here / National Public Radio

NPR just had a story about a flurry of mostly-positive edits that occurred to Sarah Palin's wikipedia page, 45 minutes before her VP candidacy was leaked--including edits that removed/downplayed references to the brother-in-law scandal. The author of those edits? An anonymous user with the handle "YoungTrig." Trig--I'm sure just coincidentally--is the name of Palin's infant son.

The NPR story noted that editing your own page on wikipedia is considered a "no-no," according to their terms of use.

S.L / Talking Points Memo / August 29, 2008
Thanks to Jesse James Retherford / The Rag Blog

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