For a party that loves to put itself on the highest pedestal of morality it sure has attracted a lot of dishonest and deceptive politicians and followers. It appears that attempting to alter or hide the facts of history through Wikipedia is a becoming a major Republican past time.
Unfortunately for Republicans, its not just Wikipedia’s credibility they are damaging, it is their own.
GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, the candidate who (as of this week) is leading among religious conservative voters and Montana Republicans according to the latest polling, was campaigning in Iowa a couple of days ago when she:
told a Fox News reporter that she was proud to be in the town where John Wayne was from, because she embodies his ideals. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that the actor John Wayne was not from Waterloo, but serial killer John Wayne Gacy was.
That’s when Republicans sprang into action to change John Wayne’s birthplace (in Wikipedia) to the Iowa town where John Wayne Gacy was born. History of course remained unchanged.
But that’s not all, Bachmann’s lack of facts spurred a second round of furious editing this week when she claimed that:
the nation’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams, was a “founding father,” even though he was just a child when his father, the nation’s second president, signed the Declaration of Independence.
Republicans immediately altered the Quincy Adams’s Wikipedia entry was changed to call him a “founding father.”