43rd State Blues Luna Wikipedia Biography Story Breaks into Major Media Outlets

From Boise State Public Radio:

Idaho Employee Catches Flack For Wikiediting

But an anonymous blogger on the liberal website The Daily Kos (an entry that began here on 43sb) criticized her saying McGrath was whitewashing Luna’s image.

The blogger saw an online exchange between McGrath and a Wiki regular. That regular, who goes by the handle Scientizzle, was the first to notice a big change to the Luna page. Scientizzle, who wants to stay anonymous, says he’d never heard of Luna but thought McGrath’s changes were politically slanted. He began to rewrite the page.

Here’s the problem

The Daily Kos blogger says McGrath’s actions amount to campaigning because Luna is an elected official.

From Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise:

Luna becomes subject of Wiki war

Idaho teacher and blogger MeandG wrote about the squabble on Daily Kos and 43rd State Blues and it became a big topic in social media. Today, Popkey weighs in, saying, “This humble outlet says McGrath overstepped with her praise of her boss and would have been better off contacting Wikipedia about her concerns rather than editing herself. But Luna's foes were even farther over the line. Wikipedia's senior editors seem to agree. They have revised the bio, stripping slanted material on both sides, leaving a balanced piece.”

From Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman:

Idaho schools chief Luna becomes subject of Wiki war

That exchange prompted a Luna foe, Idaho teacher MeandG, to post on Daily Kos and 43rd State Blues, two sites hostile to Luna. The flap was picked up by the Recall Tom Luna website, which crowed, “A Wikipedia user caught her misinformation, fact-checked them, and reverted all of the misinformation and spin.”

Wrote MeandG, “That was a quick victory. Now let’s see what the major news outlets say.”

This humble outlet says McGrath overstepped with her praise of her boss and would have been better off contacting Wikipedia about her concerns, rather than editing herself.

You can also read about it on the Boise Channel 6 KIVI TV site.

And papers including The Sacramento Bee picked up the Associated Press feed: Schools chief Luna subject of Wikipedia tug of war