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Is the STATE of Idaho Whitewashing Tom Luna's Bio?
UPDATED 9/5/12 5:18 PM MST
In reponse to this entry linked on Topix,
I don't see the issue. Is she posting information to Wikipedia that is false, or taking down information that is false. Looks to me like she is simply being proactive, and doing her job. It doesn't look like she's hiding anything, or doing something wrong.
#1. Wikipedia frowns on people writing their own bios, or having people connected to them writing their bios.
#2. If information in one's bio is incorrect, the proper response is to write to Wikipedia and call this to their attention.
#3. When one makes changes, one is supposed to put in references and citations noting the source. This was not done.
#4. If you look at the changes, some of them go beyond correcting errors, such as removing the fact that Luna obtained his degree in Weights and Measures from an online institution. Others are...overly posutive, rather than factual.
#5. If you look at Ms. McGrath's page, you can see her arguing with a bot as though she thinks she's talking to an actual person.
#6. While Tom Luna is not running for office, which would be a clear violation, the legality of a State worker on State time contributing to a political campaign (Yes on 1 2 3) is...sketchy. It is certainly true that this is a fuzzy line that is crossed by many Idaho politicians, but at least they're elected. She is not.
UPDATED 9/4/12 4:58 PM MST
Government service with your tax dollars?
... or campaign material?
Take a look at this revision history for Idaho's secretary of education, on Wikipedia.
In the link above, go back to the next fifty and note the name "Melissa McGrath."
TRANSLATION: The Communications Director for the Idaho State Department of Education, Mellissa McGrath, is spending a lot of time, a whole lot of time, trying to clean up Wikipedia as it relates to Tom Luna.
Why this is important?
"The state should not be supporting Tom's political career," a statehouse official told me today, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "They should not be actively running the Luna Yes campaign."
Read the old versions of Luna's bio that were on Wikipedia before McGrath. She completely rewrote what Tom Luna has been up to. And note how many of her changes were not accepted by Wikipedia.
"She changed Luna's page on August 27th," the statehouse official said. "Check the history prior to it and then check how much she changed his bio. Basically white washed it. Quite disturbing. At least Wikipedia held her accountable."
Further Reading: Why You Should Vote NO on Propositions 1,2, and 3.
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