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John Conyers, Jr.

Capitol Hill Buzz: Polishing senators' images on Wikipedia

Now we know how some Senate staffers keep busy during Congress' summer recess. A new study monitored the Wikipedia pages of U.S. senators and found that negative facts added to their biographies were deleted much faster than positive facts. Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia that can be edited by its millions of users. There have been many documented cases of congressional staffers sprucing up their boss's biographies on Wikipedia. The website even has an entry dedicated to the subject. The study didn't determine who removed the negative facts, but it did track how long it took for the information to be deleted. The study was done by two political scientists, one at...