The Midnight Edits of Paul Revere

Accounts differ regarding the method of alerting the colonists; the generally accepted position is that the warnings were verbal in nature, although one disputed account suggested that Revere rang bells during his ride.

A sentence added to the Paul Revere Wikipedia page at 2:31 p.m. Sunday by user Tomwsulcer.

2:46 p.m. User Dajames, Paul Revere talk page: “In the article on Paul Revere, someone has added false information in an effort to support Sarah Palin’s FALSE claims about Paul Revere… This must be removed as it is a LIE designed to mislead.”

2:50 p.m. Tomwsulcer: “A lie? If you follow Wikipedia’s rules, we must maintain a WP:NEUTRAL position, representing the mainstream position as well as disputed versions. I think the addition represents this fairly — the mainstream position is that Revere’s warnings were verbal, but there are differing accounts that the warnings were done with bells — with two sources: WDHD television plus a live interview, with a highly influential US politician relating these facts.”

2:50 p.m. Sentence deleted by CutOffTies.

2:52 p.m. CutOffTies: “I removed the content not backed by a reliable source.”

3:04 p.m. Sentence restored by Tomwsulcer.

3:09 p.m. Tomwsulcer: “I kindly remind people that it’s not our job here at Wikipedia to decide what’s true, but to report what reliable sources say, such as the LA Times, WDHD TV in Boston, numerous others. And they quoted an American politician saying that bells were used.”

3:19 p.m. Sentence deleted by Hertz1888.

3:30 p.m. Hertz1888: “It’s not the LA Times that’s questionable as a reliable source, it’s Palin herself. Even if the Times (& others) quoted her accurately, her off-hand, poorly-informed view doesn’t belong here, per WP:UNDUE, and I have reverted.”

3:37 p.m. Tomwsulcer: “I remind people, kindly, that it’s not up to us contributors to determine who is and isn’t a ‘poorly informed view’ and to try to determine truth. Rather, Wikipedia is about verifiability.”

3:44 p.m. Hertz1888: “It doesn’t tell the reader looking for information on Paul Revere anything useful. Vice Presidential candidate, please.”

12:56 a.m. Monday. Opcnup: “A humble suggestion for Sarah Palin fans: If you want to find a source to work into the article, you should search for sources that agree with what Palin said BEFORE she said it.”

Paul Revere talk page [Wikipedia, via Little Green Footballs]

21 comments:

7:05 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

Haha! I wonder how long it will take to lock the article.

8:34 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

In the land of the dumb, the narcissistic 1/4 wit is queen.

9:30 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

@ManchuCandidate: Werd.

But I’m concerned about the whistles. When bells appear can whistles be far behind.

9:39 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

Shorter version: Sarah said it. I believe it. That settles it.

9:41 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

I’m truly shocked at the professionalism of the WP editors – I would have set up a “Some people say that Tomwsulcer is a horse fucker” page after the first time around… ;)

9:57 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

Conservapedia is on the case. The following line has already been added to their 103 word article on paul Revere:

“Part of the purpose of Revere’s ride was to warn the British that colonists would exercise their natural right to bear arms. “

10:03 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

Who pays for this? Who pays for her staff? Who pays for the bus? Who plans its stops? What is it for? And why is it all so boring? The least she could do is post a picture of her penis.

10:03 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

@Serolf Divad:
Idiots. For a bunch of guys who proudly proclaim their ignorance, they sure are touchy (and deluded.)

10:10 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

@Benedick HRH KFC:
Who pays?

The same rubes defending her. They bought her books, watch her shows etc. At this point I don’t even need to question the intelligence of any of her fans. I already know where they sit.

As for planning? LOL. The only thing she’s good at is separating suckers/idiots/morans/US America Wingnuts from their gubbiment handout monies.

10:31 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

@ManchuCandidate:

I e-mailed Andrew Sullivan about this and looks like he’s added a link to the Conservapedia page it on his blog, too. Even more amusing is looking at the history of that Conservapedia wiki page. At one point a contributor tries to insert a citation for that statement, linking to an interview with Sarah Palin, then later an editor strikes the link and updates it with the note: “Citation not needed. It can go on Palin’s page if you want.”

10:43 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

@ManchuCandidate: What I mean is that clearly she isn’t paying for any of this. SarahPac is lunch money. What hotels do they stay in? Who pays? Who books? How far in advance? Who bought that bus? Who designed it? Who hired them? Who dresses her? Who does her make-up? That’s not as frivolous as it sounds. Callista requires a whole bus just for wardrobe, jewelry and make-up. I don’t believe any of this is being done by her or anyone associated with her. They couldn’t find Boston on a map let alone get her into her Spanx. She looks to me like she’s had work done on her face as well as other body parts. Who paid for Bristol’s new bristols? Were I a reporter I would so be trying to find out what’s going on. Is it all being done by Fox? I think it is. But why?

Is she planning to be senator from AZ instead of McCain? That makes more sense to me that preznit.

11:57 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

T/J: Santorum is running, says Ryan doesn’t go deep enough.

Is this guy a gift, or what?

11:58 am • Monday • June 6, 2011

what does santorum want? hunting licenses for the elderly?

12:01 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

@Benedick HRH KFC: We are all hoping the FEC is asking the same question and that the Talibunny has been stupid about comingling campaign and general business funds.

You know that Obama’s people are on general directive to use the regulatory agencies to expose and prosecute any legitimate transgressions by potential Democratic challenges or GOP spokesfreaks like the Talibunny.

12:41 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

SFP (sarah fucking palin) must have been confused. Somebody must have told her history repeats itself and she got the past and the present all mixed up. I’ll betcha she thought it was really rand paul revere driving drunk through town late one night hollerin’ out somethin’ or other about obama wanting to take all the teabaggers guns away.

12:53 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

@FlyingChainSaw:

Good, God, no!

Paul “I’ve Come to Take Away Your Medicare” Ryan

Eric “No Aid for Hurricane Victims Till We Cut Something Else” Cantor

and

Sarah “Insert Anything She’s Ever Said Here” Palin

…are the best thing to happen to Democrats ina long, long time.

12:54 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

@FlyingChainSaw: Probably making it legal to rub out anyone who can be proved to have had an abortion, that’s what Santorum wants.

1:21 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

@Benedick HRH KFC: Unfortunately, the news business does not care to go there. My shooting buddy and are are both former reporters with a ton of awards between the two of us for exposing corruption, writing on social ills, covering government, etc. We were both saying on the way the range the other day how much we hate our former profession for just totally dropping the ball on reporting these days. Nobody asks the hard questions anymore. Some people in journalism such as Mrs RML feel the same way, but the focus these days is on staying employed in a dying industry.

The news business today is about bringing in enough ad revenue to keep the lights on. Actual “journalism” is not a priority any more. My friend said “we made the right decision in getting out when we did.”

1:49 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

@redmanlaw: That’s sad but I’m sure you’re right. But that would seem to me to be quite an important story. Amazing that no one’s asked her. Or tried to find out.

3:33 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

I was just looking up Raiders songs on YouTube, searching for anything familiar, and what do you know, the oldies station I grew up on totally played Indian Reservation.

3:35 pm • Monday • June 6, 2011

@mellbell: I heard that one last week driving across the desert west of Moab, Utah last week.

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