Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wikipedia Scoops NBC on Russert's Death

Tim Russert's wikipedia page was updated to reflect his death 40 minutes before NBC reported it.

Apparently the person who updated the page works (worked?) for a company called Internet Broadcasting Services that partners with NBC.

There is growing controversy over what happened next. When NBC and IBS discovered this someone else from IBS went to wikipedia and removed the references to his death. So here you have one or two professional news companies involved in knowingly modifying a public record to contain incorrect information.

Here is an article from alleyinsider.com that discusses it and also references a NY Times article on it.

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