How NOT to use the Internet

The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest in an independent biography of the Lowell Democrat on a Web site that bills itself as the “world’s largest encyclopedia,” The Sun has learned.
The Meehan alterations on Wikipedia.com represent just two of more than 1,000 changes made by congressional staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives in the past six month.

Rewriting history under the dome: Online ‘encyclopedia’ allows anyone to edit entries, and congressional staffers do just that to bosses’ bios,” by Evan Lehmann, The Lowell (Massachusetts) Sun, January 27, 2006

Wikipedia relies on its readers to create, expand and correct its one million entries on a variety of subjects, but the site’s managers also keep track of the Internet addresses of those who make changes.
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It has often been said that Congress acts like a bunch of high school students with a trillion-dollar budget. Now it appears that it also employs some staffers who haven’t gotten over the locker-room prank phase of their adolescence.

“Congress Is an Internet Virus,” by John Fund, OpinionJournal, January 31, 2006
And kids, don’t do it from home, either.

If you want to learn about some of the proper and effective uses of the Internet …


Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress, by Brad Fitch
Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress, by Brad Fitch

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