Sharp eyed Rob Ford supporter “ES” has caught someone from an IP address traced to the Toronto Star “editing” Rob Ford’s wikipedia page to include reference to a parody web site robfordmayor.com.
Legal steps were taken against the parody site and its author elected to remove it.
Check out comment no. 7 for ES’s revelation of the wikipedia editor’s identity.
I thought the Star had reached a new low when they hired Heather Mallick however this escapade shows a determined effort to plumb ever greater depths of left wing derangement.
Papers are supposed to report the news, they should not be engaging in election hijinks.
Meanwhile, Stephen Taylor writes:
UPDATE: Toronto Life discovers BlazingCatFur!
It’s important to note that the Rob Ford’s team isn’t attached with this, and candidates can’t reasonably be held responsible for the view of their more zealous supporters.
In this case, the supporters are the folks behind Blazing Cat Fur, the blog that infamously ran a contest called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”
The blog basically comes off like a Glenn Beck rant without the sophistication of a chalkboard. (…)
the Star is denying that the changes were made from a computer at the paper and are instead pointing to its parent company, which owns tons of other publications, including Sing Tao and Eye Weekly.
Given that the Wikipedia changes were made between 8 and 9 p.m. on a Friday night, we’re pretty sure there’s nothing more sinister happening here than boredom at work.
Still, the Star might want to encourage its staffers to play solitaire if they’re bored instead.