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CA: Former Feinstein staffer edited Wikipedia entries (cut references to Feinstein's net worth)
SFGate.com ^ | 2/9/06 | Carolyn Lochhead

Posted on 02/09/2006 11:57:14 AM PST by NormsRevenge

Washington -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office acknowledged today that a former staff member had removed references to the California Democrat's net worth on the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, as well as altered entries about her husband Richard Blum's Chinese investments in 1997.

A former staff member "independently went on to Wikipedia to correct some material he felt was not appropriate," said Feinstein spokesman Howard Gantman. "The senator was not even aware of it."

The changes to the biographies of members of Congress, allegedly by their staffs, have again raised questions about the credibility of the online encyclopedia that has become an authoritative source for millions of Internet users.

The disclosure by Feinstein's office today was the latest admission from a handful of senators' offices that staff members had been beautifying their bosses' biographies on Wikipedia.

Gantman said the changes to Feinstein's bio had been made by a former staff member in May and June of last year. The former staff member, whose name Gantman wouldn't release, had also added to Feinstein's list of awards and corrected an error on the Web site.

Gantman said that Feinstein's office policy has been changed to ensure that future changes to Feinstein's biography be made through an official notice to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia operates as an "open source" information site that anyone can add to or edit -- viewed as a strength and a weakness of the site that Hitwise tracked as the second-most visited Internet reference site after Dictionary.com. The idea is that self-policing in that its users will find and correct inaccuracies, continually improving the content.

After biased edits were discovered on the biography of Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., an investigation by the Wikipedia Foundation's Wikinews traced public edits from all House and Senate internet protocol addresses.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; censorship; china; chocolatemountain; edited; entries; feinstein; internet; investments; networth; orwelliannightmare; rattricks; revisionisthistory; richardblum; skeletons; staffer; wikipedia

1 posted on 02/09/2006 11:57:16 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Trust but verify :)


2 posted on 02/09/2006 11:58:48 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: NormsRevenge

I know that Wiki is liberally biased when it comes to political profiles and now, at least, I have an idea why.


3 posted on 02/09/2006 11:59:12 AM PST by ianschwartz
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To: NormsRevenge

Also removed, according to the Wikinews account, was "a paragraph regarding a conflict of interest debate from 1997 when Mr. Blum had invested millions of dollars in Chinese businesses when Ms. Feinstein was campaigning in the Senate to lift trade sanctions against the country. Mr. Blum later announced he would donate all profits from his Chinese investments to charity."


4 posted on 02/09/2006 11:59:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

How about the fact that her husband changed his name..? A man that does that is...very...shadey.


5 posted on 02/09/2006 11:59:33 AM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if under Al Gore it lists him as the inventor of the internet?

Or Bill Clinton as the first black president?

ROFL!


6 posted on 02/09/2006 12:00:07 PM PST by conservative physics
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To: NormsRevenge
The internet is flat-out killing the Left. Everything they say is archived, so they can't flip-flop with any degree of success. Screwing around on Wikipedia is a bad idea; if that sort of thing gets deleted, the person who put it up will notice, and before you know it, you've got another MD4Bush situation on your hands.

I am going to march my butt over to Wikipedia right now and put up a reference to this story on Feinstein's article.

7 posted on 02/09/2006 12:00:09 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Read the whole article if ya can , folks, references to others in Congress are also interesting if not amusing, to say the least.


8 posted on 02/09/2006 12:00:51 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

anybody can edit anything. I would be very surprised if our politicians weren't doing the same thing to their entries.


9 posted on 02/09/2006 12:00:59 PM PST by kms61
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To: NormsRevenge
Gantman said that Feinstein's office policy has been changed to ensure that future changes to Feinstein's biography be made through an official notice to Wikipedia.

Translation - Changes will stay as they are.

After biased edits were discovered on the biography of Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., an investigation by the Wikipedia Foundation's Wikinews traced public edits from all House and Senate internet protocol addresses.

Translation - If you're going to whitewash a dems bio, do it from a non public computer.

10 posted on 02/09/2006 12:03:11 PM PST by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Wow, they've been all over the place over there. Harkin, Feinstein, Coleman...

Looks like someone beat me to the punch.

11 posted on 02/09/2006 12:04:02 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: conservative physics

"I wonder if under Al Gore it lists him as the inventor of the internet? "

If not feel free to add it!




12 posted on 02/09/2006 12:04:47 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: NormsRevenge
The $16.5 million mansion in Pacific Heights was sort of a clue to the net worth methinks.

If this pic isn't in her Wikpedia entry, it needs to be.


13 posted on 02/09/2006 12:05:23 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: NormsRevenge

Her Bio mentions nothing about her being a socialist, although it does mention that she is a baby killer.


14 posted on 02/09/2006 12:05:31 PM PST by conservative physics
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To: ianschwartz
I know that Wiki is liberally biased when it comes to political profiles and now, at least, I have an idea why.

Wiki history and science are also quite biased, depending on who wrote it. There is minimal vetting so it is no different than any other unvetted site on the web.
15 posted on 02/09/2006 12:07:45 PM PST by microgood
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To: NormsRevenge
A former staff member "independently went on to Wikipedia to correct some material he felt was not appropriate," said Feinstein spokesman Howard Gantman. "The senator was not even aware of it."

They edited out her childhood picture too:


16 posted on 02/09/2006 12:07:54 PM PST by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Makes ya wonder if anything we hear or read nowadays, is real. I doubt the good guys would do this though.


17 posted on 02/09/2006 12:07:59 PM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Gordongekko909

Looks like someone beat me to the punch.


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Yup, they did a good job actually. Kudos for that one.


18 posted on 02/09/2006 12:14:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ianschwartz
I know that Wiki is liberally biased when it comes to political profiles

Then get on there, remove the bias.

19 posted on 02/09/2006 12:17:43 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: conservative physics

Does the Al Gore bio mention his friend Rev. Phelps (D)?

After 1992 he tried to distance himself publicly.


20 posted on 02/09/2006 12:18:53 PM PST by weegee (We are all Danes now.)
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To: Gordongekko909
Looks like someone beat me to the punch.

LOL...liberally really hate the truth being known...but the size of the rocks they hide under is shrinking.

21 posted on 02/09/2006 12:18:53 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Bob J
Translation - Changes will stay as they are.

The net worth deletion has already been undone.

22 posted on 02/09/2006 12:20:20 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: highlander_UW

Singing lady's getting fatter.


23 posted on 02/09/2006 12:24:17 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: NormsRevenge
...staff members had been beautifying their bosses' biographies...

Some things just can't be beautified. Pelosi comes to mind.

24 posted on 02/09/2006 12:25:23 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: weegee
Someone needs to add this line to Al Gore's bio:

Having received more votes than any candidate in US Presidential history, Al Gore is considered to be the biggest looser in US history.
25 posted on 02/09/2006 12:29:47 PM PST by conservative physics
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To: conservative physics
I wonder if under Al Gore it lists him as the inventor of the internet?

It mentions the comment and provides links to discussions of the whole story. In essence, his wording was easy to misconstrue. He did say "creating" and not "invent," and he was the first legislator to push for funding for the technology that would become the Internet. IOW, his legislative actions led to the creation of the Internet. Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn (the two people most responsible for the actual inventing of the Internet) agree his statement is true.

Not that I like Gore, but it's not necessary to falsely bash him when there is plenty of true stuff to bash him for, even in the area of computers with his hatred of private encryption.

26 posted on 02/09/2006 12:31:06 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: conservative physics
Having received more votes than any candidate in US Presidential history, Al Gore is considered to be the biggest looser in US history.

Funny, but that would be vandalism and make the poster no better than Feinstein (does anyone actually believe it was just a lowly staffer acting independently?).

27 posted on 02/09/2006 12:32:34 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: samadams2000

Changed his name? Richard Blum is her third husband. They met in 1978 when he was head of Moscone's fiscal advisory committee. (Husband #1: Jack Berman--one child, marriage dissolved. Husband #2: Dr. Bertram Feinstein--died April 1978)


28 posted on 02/09/2006 12:33:40 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Plutarch
i know exactly where that house is and had no idea she owned it.

seems strange for her to have a house that is literally in one of SFs most famous tourists spots (steps at pacific heights)

29 posted on 02/09/2006 12:34:28 PM PST by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: calcowgirl

The third one.


30 posted on 02/09/2006 12:34:52 PM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: NormsRevenge
Mr. Blum later announced he would donate all profits from his Chinese investments to charity."

But did he?

31 posted on 02/09/2006 12:38:02 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: samadams2000

He changed his name before he married her? Pre-1978?
What was his name before?


32 posted on 02/09/2006 12:45:18 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

You can do that when you get a 6 Billion dollar no bid contract from Uncle Sam for your "think-tank"


33 posted on 02/09/2006 12:47:44 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Bob J
Wrong. If you're going to edit a political article, register first. Then you have editing privileges. They're trying to avoid anonymous character assassination, rather than the pseudonymous character assassination we registered Wikipedians can do.
34 posted on 02/09/2006 12:49:06 PM PST by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: NormsRevenge

I know what Feinstein's "worth" is: less.


35 posted on 02/09/2006 12:49:10 PM PST by Christian4Bush (More than 3000 people lost their "civil liberties" on September 11, 2001.)
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To: conservative physics

Someone's GOT to add the photo of him demonstrating gun safety...


36 posted on 02/09/2006 12:53:14 PM PST by weegee (We are all Danes now.)
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To: calcowgirl

...staff members had been beautifying their bosses' biographies...
Some things just can't be beautified. Pelosi comes to mind.


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lol.. thanks, now I know what it feels like when soup comes out my nose (and 2pac when she speaks the truth, which is rare).. ouch.


37 posted on 02/09/2006 12:56:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Gordongekko909

"Wow, they've been all over the place over there. Harkin, Feinstein, Coleman..."

I read it. They need to block government IP addresses from updating their site. Too funny.


38 posted on 02/09/2006 1:13:51 PM PST by dljordan
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To: NormsRevenge

Wikipedia is to knowledge as the DNC is to sanity.


39 posted on 02/09/2006 1:25:34 PM PST by pabianice (contact ebay??)
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To: NormsRevenge

Note that records are kept of updates and the IP addresses of those who make changes. People who make nuisances of themselves can be banned, and oft defaced articles can be locked.


40 posted on 02/09/2006 1:26:47 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm betting that most congressional staffers have enough sense to do their editing from their home ISP accounts, so that most of the "anonymous" edits are made by congressional staffers too.


41 posted on 02/09/2006 1:29:22 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes, in agreement with others here, Wikipedia is (intensely) liberally biased. On all fronts, all issues. It's a relative propoganda fest of liberalism, to the discredit of the site itself, as with those who enforce the biased content.

I've read several comments from the site as to editing difficulties and the place responds with highly emotional negation (and derision as to the inquiries/issues raised) whenever there is the suggestion of bias present, which is bias in and of itself.


42 posted on 02/10/2006 10:49:35 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: NormsRevenge

Typo, previous: "propaganda" not "propoganda."


43 posted on 02/10/2006 10:50:34 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: samadams2000

Please, explain, if you wouldn't mind. I'm always eager to read more information about the "Mr. Blum." Ha.


44 posted on 02/10/2006 10:51:38 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: kms61

Yes, anyone can edit anything but there's a history published as to who does what and when along with the content, and, there are dedicated volunteers on behalf of the site that pour over all content, eventually, and correct anything that to their view is "biased" or even irregular.

Of course, you then have to contend with the bias of the volunteers themselves, so that's another story.


45 posted on 02/10/2006 10:53:43 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: Gordongekko909
Interesting "Discussion" area as to Wikipedia's editiorial history of this news page.
46 posted on 02/10/2006 11:02:06 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: Plutarch

I think that house is rather creepy. Despite the profound view involved from that lot, it's a rather foreboding (and CREEPY) structure.


47 posted on 02/10/2006 11:03:58 AM PST by MillerCreek
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