Viral web cataloger says local reps are among 33 Congress members to have altered pages
A post on viral web cataloger BuzzFeed accuses U.S. Rep.
Jean Schmidt or her staff of airbrushing the congresswoman’s Wikipedia
BuzzFeed claims that a user bearing the Internet
fingerprint shared by all Congressional offices removed the section of
Schmidt’s Wikipedia entry titled “The Armenian Genocide issue.”
Schmidt was one of 33 Congress members alleged to have had airbrushing done to their Wikipedia pages.
Also listed was House Speaker John Boehner, who allegedly
had mention of his knowledge of the Mark Foley congressional page
scandal scrubbed from his page.
CityBeat on Wednesday asked for comment from the offices of Schmidt and Boehner but no response was given.
“The Armenian Genocide issue” section appeared on
Schmidt’s page as of Wednesday. It’s unclear whether the section had
previously been removed.
According to the entry, Schmidt came under fire in 2008
from congressional challenger David Krikorian for failing to publicly
define the mass killing of 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians between
1915-1916 as the “Armenian Genocide.”
The Armenian-American Krikorian accused Schmidt of taking
tens of thousands in “blood money” from the Turkish government in order
to push the denial. Krikorian’s claims resulted in a defamation lawsuit
from Schmidt and a complaint before the House Ethics Committee.
However, Boehner’s page still contained no mention of his knowledge of the Foley page scandal as of Wednesday afternoon.
In 2006 former Republican Florida Rep. Mark Foley resigned
over reports that he had sent sexually explicit Internet messages to at
least one underage male former congressional page.
Boehner told The Washington Post that he had
learned of inappropriate “contact” between Foley and a 16-year-old page
and told then-House Speaker Dennis Hassert about it. He later told the
newspaper that he couldn’t remember whether he talked to Hassert.
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