Prime Ministers staff discover Wikipedia

According to Ninemsn News, the Australian Prime Minister’s staff have been editing Wikipedia.

On one hand, it’s appropriate that those close to an issue contribute to it’s article page.

On the other hand, these are the same people responsible for various lies and distortions of the truth over the last ten years, and they’re probably the least qualified or responsible people you could have editing a wikipedia article.

I think we can look forward to known, established facts being referred to as “allegations” and unfavourable histories being played down or distorted…

News report:

Update: Interestingly enough, the Ninemsn article has undergone it’s own Wiki-edit in the few minutes since i posted this… I sincerely wish i had saved the original text of the article, which mentioned evidence that government staffers made some rather unusual edits, alongside the editing of articles on unfavourable topics (such as the ‘children overboard’ scandal), such as “dicky poo wee-wee” to an article on Chinese martial arts. I guess NineMSN is a bit of a wiki as well.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ross Hill (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    I turned on the tv this morning to see Rudd bashing Howard about this issue, before saying that his own staff probably do edit it as well but only to ‘correct facts’.

    Hypocritical much?

  2. Darren (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 6:03 am

    I think it is most definitely inevitable.

    Always read Wikipedia with caution.
    For that matter, always read ANY encyclopaedia with caution.

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