Congress

Congress Can't Be Trusted to Edit Wikipedia? What About Screwing With the Laws?

|

It's really not a surprise that Congress can't be trusted to edit an online encyclopedia—and let's be clear, it's not really Congress, but one shared IP address associated with the House of Representatives. The obvious question then is: What else can't lawmakers and their minions be trusted to edit?

Strictly speaking, if "persistent disruptive editing" of the Mediaite entry at Wikipedia is a problem, then whatever the fuck it is the nation's lawmakers have been doing to health care, the tax code, the national budget, the (un)leashing of the various spook and law enforcement agencies, and any other policy you care to imagine probably deserves a few stronger words.

Congress edit-blocked
Wikipedia

Wikipedia editors have taken to referring to the specific person or persons abusing privileges at Wikipedia as "trolls," but the folks who voted the PATRIOT Act into being certainly live under a bridge. And they're sitting on the heads of whoever crafted the accumulated detritus—or authorized the Internal Revenue Service to do so—of the rules many of us pay accountants good money to navigate (or just sweat it out ourselves) so that we don't face fines or imprisonment every time April 15 rolls around.

The tale of edit-blocked legislators and congressional staffers at Wikipedia is funny as hell, but it's a sign of a larger problem. We're at the mercy of a bunch of petty and malicious trolls who really do have the power to screw with us by switching around the arrangement of a few words, or adding and deleting verbiage, in the U.S. Code. Whatever they do, the rest of us are stuck with the results.

Now if only the executive branch weren't at least as unworthy of trust with any sort of serious responsibility.

NEXT: Quarantine in Liberia

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Don’t forget: They’re also too stupid to do it through a proxy. So there’s that.

  2. The tale of edit-blocked legislators and congressional staffers at Wikipedia is funny as hell, but it’s a sign of a larger problem. We’re at the mercy of a bunch of petty and malicious trolls who really do have the power to screw with us by switching around the arrangement of a few words, or adding and deleting verbiage, in the U.S. Code. Whatever they do, the rest of ue results.

    LOLWUT?

    Wasn’t there a Reason staffer fired for this sort of infraction?

    But yes, we are lorded over by a group of petulant, spiteful, greedy halfwits, whose only protection from total exposure is a compliant corporate media.

    1. DON’T TALK ABOUT LUCY!!!

  3. We have to edit the page to find out what’s in it.

  4. I still maintain that describing Rummy as an “alien lizard” was accurate and verifiable.

  5. Good news: the actual text of the law doesn’t matter anyway, the courts will just intuit the legislators’ intent.

  6. Well, hardly anybody actually READS the laws.

  7. “We’re at the mercy of a bunch of petty and malicious trolls who really do have the power to screw with us by switching around the arrangement of a few words, or adding and deleting verbiage, in the U.S. Code.”

    We’re already at the mercy of liars who claim legislation is one thing (e.g., Affordable Care Act) but in reality is another (Unaffordable non-care like at the VA Act). All to hide the fact that they’re screwing us over, for their personal benefit.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.