Rush Limbaugh has at least this much in common with college professors
: like them, he has avoided endorsing
Wikipedia. As Gawker pointed out
, on his radio show last fall the host asserted, "everybody in the
world knows you don't believe anything on Wikipedia because anybody can
go in there and put anything on that they want to." It turns out that
Rush succumbed to the charms of the online encyclopedia this Tuesday, however, as
he quoted liberally from an apparently doctored wiki-page about Judge
Vinson, a judge on the Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida, who
he described in unflattering terms.
The New York Time's Kevin Sack reports
that Rush, "informed his listeners that the judge was an avid hunter
and amateur taxidermist who once killed three brown bears and mounted
their heads over his courtroom door to 'instill the fear of God into the
accused.'" In fact, nearly all the information that he quoted from the
Wikipedia page was falsified by "pranksters" who doctored a
supposed Pensacola News Journal article which actually does not exist.
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