Somewhere along the way, Internet nerd chat room Wikipedia became the keeper of Official American History, meaning that American History is now apparently just whatever Americans with Internet access and free time want it to be. Now that Michele Bachmann has mauled a few historical facts like any good Tea Party Patriot mauls the spelling on a protest sign, some of her faithful groupies have been trying to change Wikipedia pages to make the birthplace of movie actor John Wayne into a place where serial killer John Wayne Gacy once lived and to change John Quincy Adams to a “founding father.” See how easy it has become prove to everybody wrong now? We still remember the olden days when right-wing fanatics were forced to write whole strenuous textbooks about things like why dinosaurs are not real and how heaven starts right after Pluto.
Probably her followers do not want Michele’s feelings hurt if she goes to fact-check herself on Wikipedia, but then again, see what we just wrote there? There is no point to this, other than to be laughed at. Or possibly Bachmann supporters just wanted to prove that THEY TOO can change American history in the only way they are smart enough to do, which is retroactively, just like Sarah Palin’s drone army tried to “fix” the Paul Revere page.
Bachmann, who officially launched her campaign yesterday in Waterloo, Iowa, told a Fox News reporter that she was proud to be in the town where John Wayne was from, because she embodies his ideals. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that the actor John Wayne was not from Waterloo, but serial killer John Wayne Gacy was.
Shortly after the gaffe, the Wikipedia page for actor John Wayne was altered to change his birthplace from Winterset, Iowa to Waterloo, apparently as an effort to cover for the misguided politician.
Another edit came after she declared Tuesday morning that the nation’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams, was a “founding father,” even though he was just a child when his father, the nation’s second president, signed the Declaration of Independence.
This does makes us wonder if these anti-historian Wiki-vandals are actually real. It seems hard to believe that Michele Bachmann’s ancient white mouth-breather fan base can figure out the Wikipedia editing language. They are probably secret humor-minded libtards. They seem to know how to spell. [RawStory]
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