It comes as no surprise that members of Congress are adept at rewriting history to suit their agenda, but it seems some are engaged in rewriting their own history on popular information website Wikipedia, and when not doing that, vandalizing the entries of their opponents. The Lowell Sun reports (Thanks putrimalu!):
The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan 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.
In November and December, The Sun has learned, users of the House’s IP address were temporarily blocked from changing content because of violations described by the site as a “deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia.”
“The vandalism is just plain childish,” [Geoffrey Bowker, director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University] said. “The term-limit pledge (that was changed by Meehan’s staff) is a much more serious case. That’s someone trying to alter the public record.
“To knowingly remove a truthful statement is just wrong,” he added. “It’s not the place of any special-interest group to tamper with the facts available to the public.”
As politics continues to merge with the Internet, you can bet more serious cases of cyber-vandalism will erupt with ties back to campaigns and politicians. While it’s okay for politicians to edit collaborative information resources such as Wikipedia to add or correct information (in the requisite neutral tone), to scrub or vandalize entries just smacks of being immature.