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Tuesday
Jun072011

Wikipedia Hit with Multiple Revisions to Paul Revere's Page

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The revisionists are coming!  The revisionists are coming!

Officials at the website Wikipedia say that since Sarah Palin gave her widely-publicized description of Paul Revere's midnight ride, her supporters have tried to change the Paul Revere page to match the former Alaska governor's version of events.

In describing the famous 1775 ride from Boston to Concord, Palin said in Boston last week that "He who warned, uh, the...the British that they weren't gonna be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and, um, by making sure that as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free...and we were gonna be armed."

On Fox News Sunday, where Palin is a paid contributor, the former Alaska governor insisted she got the facts right, adding, "I didn't mess up.  I answered candidly and I know my American history."

Just the same, there has since been information added to Paul Revere's Wikipedia page, including, "Revere did not shout the phrase later attributed to him ('The British are coming!'), largely because the mission depended on secrecy and the countryside was filled with British army patrols; also, most colonial residents at the time considered themselves British as they were all legally British subjects."

This was removed by Wikipedia with the notation, "content not backed by a reliable source."  There have been numerous other revisions that have been edited out over the past few days.

One place where Palin's supporters don’t have to worry about having their changes removed is Conservapedia, where Revere is now described as "famous for riding from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts with William Dawes on the night of April 18, 1775 ringing bells to warn the British that colonists would exercise their natural rights to both bear arms and use them in an effort secede from the United Kingdom in response to Big Government bullying and interfering with Colony's Rights."

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