Let’s Help Wikipedia Cover Ryan Zinke Accurately

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If you search for “Ryan Zinke” the first hit isn’t his campaign page, nor even his former Super PAC (that comes up fourth). The first hit is the former state senator’s Wikipedia page, a fact no doubt noticed by the Zinke campaign, because in Rick Hill fashion, they attempted to hijack his page and replace it with pro-Zinke campaign propaganda.

Before the cleverly named user Zinkecampaign was blocked by Wikipedia, he/she made 22 edits of the state senator’s biography, turning a relatively objective, two paragraph entry into something approximating a mixture between a campaign biography and a hagiography. Oddly enough, the language about Zinke was even exactly the same as the language posted on the Special Operations for America Super PAC web site.

Other editors at Wikipedia noticed the brazen effort to turn Zinke’s wiki page into campaign propaganda, but what has been left behind doesn’t truly capture the man or the candidate. Because Wikipedia is designed to be a collaborative project, I suggest we fix his page and make it more detailed, so that voters will know the real candidate.

Some edits we might include:

I believe in the integrity of the Wikipedia project. Its purpose is to provide an accurate and balanced encyclopedia of human knowledge. To that end, I propose that we thoughtfully and accurately depict the real Ryan Zinke, no matter what his campaign wants the record to be.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Those eyes scare me. Please post something else soon so they go away, or maybe go with his teeth. Would those be any better? How about we just show his shoes from now on? I bet he’s got a lot of pairs.

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“So when the Marine Corps sets a new minimum requirement of three pullups on the exercise bar for men and women to pass the boot-camp physical-fitness strength test, the toughest male Marines will tell you that for them the only number that matters is 20, the maximum for men. (For women, the maximum is eight.)
The figure that made news last week and brought forward the not-so-surprising fact that men and women are different: More than half of the female trainees were unable to do even three pullups. Men passed with ease.”-washingtontimes

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