Something Wikipedia This Way Comes: Gingrich Campaign Accused Of Improper Editing Of Wikipedia Site

Newt Gingrich’s communications director Joe DeSantis is in a controversy with the editors of Wikipedia over dozens of edits he has made or requested of Gingrich’s wikipedia site, including the deletion of references to his three marriages.


DeSantis also wanted factual references to Gingrich’s ethics charges removed. It seems that DeSantis does not believe Gingrich’s prior ethical violations would be relevant to people wanting to learn more about his background as he seeks the highest office in the land.

DeSantis made 60 adjustments to entries as well as the page of Gingrich’s wife, Callista. For example, DeSantis removed from Callista’s site that “She met her husband met while he was in the House, and had an affair while he was conducting the impeachment investigation for President Bill Clinton.”

One editor noted “I’ll raise the question in the appropriate place, but I have to say this micro-managing by a Gingrich campaign director is a matter of concern to me even though you now are identifying yourself. Pointing out factual errors is one thing, but your input should not go beyond that, even here on Talk.” Ironically, the elimination of references to things like Gingrich’s ethical violations is viewed as violating the site’s conflict of interest guideline that individuals should not edit “on behalf of clients,” or on subjects to which they have “close relationships” or “financial interest.”

They better be careful or the latest ethics controversy may be added to the Wikipedia page for Gingrich.

Source: CNN

11 thoughts on “Something Wikipedia This Way Comes: Gingrich Campaign Accused Of Improper Editing Of Wikipedia Site

  1. This happens with corporations all the time. Wikipedia is awesome to expose this editing of reality. There is a lot of editing going on, most of it consists of really important information that we need to be aware of.

    Our media is controlled. This kind of push back is exactly what all media should do, but mostly fails to perform. Glenn Greenwald gives an excellent analysis of the suppression of reality by the press with regards to Iran. Naked Capitalism has an article today on the suppression of information about Syria.

    We can’t keep letting history be “written by assassins”. Good for Wikipedia!

    Newt is so odious!!!

  2. “It seems that DeSantis does not believe Gingrich’s prior ethical violations would be relevant to people wanting to learn more about his background as he seeks the highest office in the land.”

    Oh I see,ROFLMAO!!!!!

  3. I don’t think the Newtster crew will catch up with the Big Brother Crew when it comes to editing Wikipedia:

    The awards for most editing of Wikipedia by government agencies is in.

    Check out where your favourite government agency has placed in the scramble to be editor in chief (numbers in bold = how many edits the top ten government editing departments made):

    (Catapulting The Wikipropaganda?).

  4. The kids on the corner waiting for the school bus were singing a song as my dog pack strolled by. It was a ditty, not a song and goes sort of like this:
    “Newt boot bo boot, banana nanna so fruit…
    NEWT!”

    Just thought I would pass that along. We dogs thought it was pretty good.

  5. I’m sorry, but there is a time that a line has to be drawn where the truth and blatant attempts to alter reality finally are at their limit of elasticity. DeSantis has proven himself worthy of being elevated to the level of a Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh or even any republican you know, that work tirelessly to create their own reality out of vapor.

    When do people that live in reality finally throw up their hands and just say ENOUGH !!

  6. sheafferhistorian1, February 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Do you really think Newt is the only person who has done this?
    ===========

    Nor is he the only politician of that sort—-you mean that that is a defense.
    In which case murderers would not be tried either.

  7. […] Jonathan Turley tells us all about it. Of course, this is not the first time or even the hundredth time this sort of thing has happened. But it almost beggars belief that Gingrich campaign communications director Joe DeSantis could think that such changes would be allowed to stick despite Wikipedia’s constant monitoring of new or changed material to prevent… well, to prevent exactly what DeSantis was trying to do. […]

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