Bereft of Sex Scandals, Bored Congressional Staffers Turn to Wikipedia
Editors at Wikipedia have compiled an amusing/appalling list of edits made to Wikipedia entries by IP addresses allocated to the House and Senate. The editors also threw in a list of the "potential staffers involved," who were no doubt trying to distinguish a Freyesque "essential truth" from annoying facts by replacing entries with staff bios and removing "unflattering quotes." Occasional Reason contributor Declan McCullagh notes:
One edit listed White House press secretary Scott McClellan under the entry for "douche." Another said of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) that: "Coburn was voted the most annoying Senator by his peers in Congress. This was due to Senator Coburn being a huge douche-bag."
This juvenalia is, of course, thoroughly bipartisan. Another change to the Iraq invasion entry shows that the anonymous congressional editor played up the dubious connections between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.