Regulatory tyrant Lord Leveson has been left with egg on his face after he was caught out using Wikipedia to write his expensive and long report calling for government regulation of newspapers for the first time in 300 years.
As The Independent reports:
In his report the judge warned that inaccuracy in newspapers, “caused significant concern.” He also claimed that “The Independent was founded in 1986 by the journalists Andreas Whittam Smith, Stephen Glover and Brett Straub...”
The first two names are correct, but who is Brett Straub? His name first appeared in the Wikipedia entry on The Independent on 27 October 2011, when someone using the IP address 126.96.36.199 removed the name of Matthew Symonds, genuinely one of this newspaper’s three founding journalists, and inserted “Brett Straub”.
With one year and government funded staff, you'd think he could at least check his sources. Fool.