Wikipedia Thwarts Stephen Colbert's Attempt To Select Mitt Romney's Running Mate
Wikipedia is the encyclopedia of the new generation. But when you mix wikipedia, a presidential nominee and Stephen Colbert, hilarity can ensue.
It is the age of Wikipedia, and for comedians, this election will be one to remember. Until someone else changes it with the click of a mouse. Tuesday night on the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert suggested that his audience choose Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential candidate.
Fox News said that because Sarah Palin’s Wikipedia page was edited 68 times the day before John McCain announced her as his running mate in 2008, we may be able to guess Romney’s pick based on the candidate’s Wikipedia page.
Colbert picked up on the idea and ran with it.
“I like friend of the show Tim Pawlenty,” said Colbert. “So to up his chances, I’m going to get on the old Wikipedia to pump up his edit count.”
On the show, Colbert pretended to edit Pawlenty’s page.
“Intending to become a dentist, Pawlenty started his career in Santa’s workshop,” Colbert said. "On Aug. 10, 2012, Pawlenty was named Mitt Romney's running mate."
However, Colbert didn’t suggest he would be making the changes on his own. He urged his audience to do the same to help the candidate of their choice.
“I may have designated T-Paw the VP pick, but it doesn’t have to stay that way, folks,” he said. “You get on Wikipedia and edit any of these guys’ pages to give them the edge.”
Wikipedia did not find humor in Colbert’s suggestions. In response, they locked several political Wikipedia pages, including those of Senator Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie and CIA Director David Petraeus, said the Christian Science Monitor.
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