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The Mistreatment of Eliot Spitzer On Wikipedia

by Eric Barbour

FairnessWhile New York State Attorney General in the early 2000s, Eliot Spitzer became famous for prosecuting fraud and insider trading in Wall Street. It is likely that he earned a number of political enemies during this period, as this article suggests. He made enemies on Wall Street and the political right, and was a routine target of conservative bloggers. He was elected Governor of the State of New York in 2006 in a landslide, and was sworn in on 1 January 2007. Yet he resigned on 17 March 2008, after a scandal about his relationship with a prostitute became public on 10 March.

Did his enemies also edit Wikipedia? Many of the articles relating to him read like hit pieces, with hostile and negative information rarely balanced by anything positive. Some of the articles were

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