Democracy Downloaded

Clever conservative?

Posted by joevoeller on February 7, 2007

I found this interesting item in the first line of the “criticisms” section of the Wikipedia entry for former
Arkansas governor and current presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: 

“Huckabee has been criticized for his support of creationism. He was quoted in July 2004 on “Arkansans Ask,” his regular show on the Arkansas Educational Television Network: “I think that [students] also should be given exposure to the theories not only of evolution but to the basis of those who believe in creationism.” Huckabee also stated “I do not necessarily buy into the traditional Darwinian theory, personally.” 

Now, I’ll say right up front that I can’t prove that a supporter posted this tidbit. But it sure does show the potential for creativity when “editing” Wikipedia entries for prominent politicians. 

Afterall, Huckabee (in addition to Sen. Brownback) is the conservative candidate of the race. Creationists are his base. If the rest of the entry wasn’t enough to boost his image, maybe this section of the criticisms can do the trick. 

Besides, the quotes they’ve cited are mild. If an editor were really trying to reflect criticisms of the ex. Gov, couldn’t they have found some more extreme quotes?  

Utilizing the “criticisms” section of a Wikipedia entry to communicate a conservative candidates’ solidly Christian credentials is quite a clever move, if that’s what happened here.   


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