* In the age of the Internet, nothing ever disappears. For instance, somebody claiming to be with Bill Brady’s campaign radically changed the candidate’s Wikipedia page. Actually, it was more of a hack than a change, and there’s a complete record to back up what was changed and why.
Wikipedia is a community-based product, but Brady’s campaign supporter went in and whacked the page but good, deleting references to gay rights, gun control, stem cell research and other basic policy proposals.
The original, unedited by Brady, page is here. It included stuff like this…
Brady supports replacing the Illinois State Board of Education, with a smaller agency.
Brady believes that intelligent design should be taught in public schools “through the principles of the Founding Fathers’ design” along with evolution.
The Brady-edited page is pure campaign talking points. Check it out…
The Bill Brady Record: Clean Break, Common Ground
In office, Bill Brady has always stood for the principles on which he has run. Since joining the Illinois House in 1993 and his appointment to the Illinois Senate in 2002, Brady has also worked with Democrats and others seeking to promote the best interests of Illinois. For example, he has pushed for:
Protection of pharmaceutical benefits for seniors Creation of an Illinois Conservation Corps for young adults. Bipartisan teacher pension and banking and insurance reform. Protecting children from sexual predators. Expansion of property tax breaks for disabled veterans.
The campaign supporter twice explained why it substituted facts for drivel in the page’s change log…
Changed by Bill Brady and his family to better represent him as a person. This page does not give an accurate description of who I am and what I stand for. […]
This page misrepresented Bill Brady, (R) Candidate for Governor. It has been changed to reflect the truth about Bill Brady by his campaign, Brady for Illinois.
The original page has since been restored. Hat tip: Rebecca Mastey.
…Adding… From the Quinn campaign…
If Bill Brady doesn’t think his record is too extreme - then why did he erase it….?
*** UPDATE 1 - 1:09 pm *** As if all that wasn’t enough, the Brady campaign person is now claiming that the revisions which undid its attempts at posting blatant propaganda are “vandalism.” Give me a break. And, since I know that the Brady campaign monitors this site, I have a message for it: Stop playing around with Wikipedia because you look like total morons.
*** UPDATE 2 - 1:36 pm *** Unreal. The Brady campaign backer just changed the Wikipedia page back to propaganda mode. The reason?…
changed it back to the best representation of Bill Brady)
*** UPDATE 3 - 1:50 pm *** The Brady Interwebtube goofballs have even changed the discussion section to mirror the propaganda page. These guys are just bizarre.
*** UPDATE 4 - 1:58 pm *** The page keeps going back and forth. Check the history logs. The pro-Brady forces are now saying that the original Wikipedia article is propaganda…
The propaganda is on the page created to make Brady look bad. This is the truth.
*** UPDATE 5 - 2:07 pm *** Added references to campaign supporter/backer/person for accuracy’s sake. That person may be Brady’s niece.
*** UPDATE 6 - 2:20 pm *** Weirder and weirder it gets. The blog apparently run by Sen. Brady’s niece just went private. I had posted a question to her on the blog a few minutes ago about the Wikipedia changes.
*** UPDATE 7 - 2:37 pm *** Wikipedia has now locked down the page…
Editing of this article by new or unregistered users is currently disabled to prevent Biographies of living persons violations.
The discussion page is now back to the way it was as well.
Mess with the bull, get the horn.
*** UPDATE 8 - 3:09 pm *** Somehow, the lock has been broken. Brady’s Wikipedia page has been changed back to propaganda mode.
*** UPDATE 9 - 3:13 pm *** This is like watching a bad ping-pong game. We’re back to normal Wiki mode.
*** UPDATE 10 - 3:28 pm *** The whole point of this post is how things posted on the Internet never go away. If you’re interested in screen shots of the now-private blog by what appears to be the person behind some of these changes, click here.
[ *** End Of Updates *** ]
* Meanwhile, 10th District Republican candidate Bob Dold posted this on his Facebook site not long ago…
That post prompted a stinging press release from Dold’s Democratic opponent, Dan Seals…
Yesterday, Republican Congressional Candidate Bob Dold announced his support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future, a radical plan to privatize social security, eliminate Medicare and Medicaid, and raise taxes on the middle class.
“I will not support a proposal that hurts middle-class families and ends Social Security and Medicare as we know it,” said Democratic Candidate Dan Seals. “Older Americans have been investing in and counting on these programs for decades, and sticking them with the bill now is not only morally objectionable, it is fiscally irresponsible.”
Dold removed the post from his Facebook site. But it lives on thanks to the Seals campaign and ArchPundit, who notes…
This is especially interesting since Dold is running as a ‘moderate’ while he keeps getting endorsed by nutters on the right like the Eagle Forum.
That refers to a dustup over whether Dold is actually pro-choice or not.
* Anyway, I asked Dold’s campaign why the candidate posted that item to Facebook. The response…
Robert believes we should analyze any serious proposal –Republican or Democratic – that discusses how to get control of spending in Washington and ensure the viability of Medicare and Social Security. Paul Ryan’s proposal has opened an important debate about how to do that. Robert didn’t endorse the proposal but encouraged people to study it.
Let’s be clear. Doing nothing is a disaster, because analysis of our Medicare and Social Security programs shows they are on a path toward insolvency. Dan Seals only attacks any proposal and then ducks from providing any solutions of his own.
…Adding… The Seals campaign responded to the crack on not having solutions by providing this link.
And why did he delete it?…
It’s Facebook. We put things up and take things down all the time. We’re not announcing policy on Facebook. Seals seems pretty desperate already, probably because Bob outraised him last quarter and is outworking him in the District.
You can’t ever “take things down” on the Internet. It’s somewhere forever. And that deletion sure looks suspicious to me.
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