Late last week, it was revealed that the New York Police Department edited Wikipedia pages dealing with high-profile cases where members of the force had been accused of police brutality. The gesture was more pointless than it was wrong because (1) most sentient beings understand that Wikipedia tilts ideologically left and (2) the cosmetic changes were mostly reversed by the Wiki Police.
Needless to say, the left had a field day unloading on New York’s Finest, as did the Big Apple’s obscenely liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, who never lets an opportunity to dump on law enforcement go to waste. Scolded hizzoner:
This is a well-known city policy where people are not supposed to have any personal activity on city computers….
We’re quite clear that if you’re using city computers for personal business, this is not authorized.
Just one small problem. According to the New York Post:
In 2012, … staffers for de Blasio, then the public advocate and a mayoral candidate, altered his Wikipedia page by removing Warren Wilhelm as his birth name and adding that he is of “German-American and Italian-American heritage.”
“Of course, we update the page,” de Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell said at the time. “That’s become standard practice for public officials.”
People in glass houses and all that. Conveniently, de Blasio had no recollection of those changes when pressed about it Monday.
The mayor’s memory failure came right after Police Commissioner Bill Bratton — who was standing next to him at a press conference — told reporters that the cops wouldn’t be punished.
“We’re in the process of reviewing our social-media policy,” Bratton said. “We have a . . . three-tiered system in which certain individuals are authorized to do certain things. Wikipedia, for example, we don’t have a policy specific to accessing that site.”
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