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AVWatch: let's see how long facts stay in Villaraigosa's Wikipedia entry

Wikipedia is completely unreliable not just because of the possibility that an entry contains errors or biased statements. The more pernicious aspect of its unreliability is missing information. Statements of fact in an entry can be verified, but unless a visitor is familiar with the subject, they won't be able to figure out what the entry isn't telling them about the subject.

A case in point is the entry on Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (tinyurl.com/33tyxc). What you won't find in that entry is the undisputed fact that while at UCLA, he was a leader of the group MEChA. In fact, during the L.A. mayoral campaign someone followed him around with a sign and eventually forced him to somewhat renounce his involvement in that group.

As far as I can determine, information on his involvement was deleted from his WP entry on May 9, 2006 and it has not been reinstated (diff: tinyurl.com/2shlrh). I didn't add the paragraph that was deleted, but I had a discussion about another similar paragraph that I added that was subsequently deleted on their talk page (do a find for LonewackoDotCom at tinyurl.com/2l63tj)

As a test, I'm going to insert a modified version of that paragraph and see how long it sticks and who removes it. This is the original paragraph:

On the other hand, there is still some lingering resentment from his district after breaking the promise to serve a full term in the city council. He has remained mum about plans for higher office. Among conservatives, he is often referred to derisively as ''Mayor Reconquista'' because of his membership in MEChA and his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants.

I'm going to change that to the following and put it near the end of the article in the 'Reputation' subsection of the 'Mayoralty' section:

At UCLA, Villaraigosa was a leader of the group MEChA [http://www.bruinalumni.com/antonio/antonioindex.html] [http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=3531] [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/recall/20030830-9999_1n30mecha.html]. Some, such as John and Ken of KFI, derisively refer to him as ''Mayor Reconquista'' because of that and because of his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Note that there are at least three links supporting the claim that Villaraigosa was involved with MEChA, so one wonders what interesting excuse whoever deletes this will come up with.

Miscellania · Fri, 01/26/2007 - 11:11 · Importance: 1

Fri, 02/02/2007 - 13:17
Smitty

Here's some more interesting reading on Mayor Conquista which wasn't in his bio, he allegedly cheated on his wife while she was undergoing cancer treatment,

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2007/02/villaraigosa_addresses_hi.php

He has 2 bastard kids from a previous relationship with a very young woman.....

, and his father is apparently a registered sex offender,

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2006/11/morning_buzz_monday_11200.php

http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/cgi/prosoma.dll?zoomAction=Box&zoomAction=clickcenter&zoomAction=clickoffender&lastName=Villar&firstName=Antonio&Address=&City=&zipcode=&searchDistance=.75&City2=&countyLocation=&zipcode2=&SelectCounty=&ParkName=&searchDistance2=.75&City3=&zipcode3=&countyLocation3=&schoolName=&searchDistance3=.75&City4=&zipcode4=&countyLocation4=&refineID=&pan=&distacross=107211&centerlat=38409907&centerlon=-121514242&starlat=&starlon=&startext=&x1=&y1=&x2=&y2=&mapwidth=525&mapheight=400&zoom=&searchBy=namelist&id=&docountycitylist=2&OFDTYPE=&lang=ENGLISH

How embarassing, I don't think Hillary will be picking Antonio as a running mate (one victim is enough), she'll have to find someone "cleaner" like Obama, preferably somebody who isn't a former gang member, Mexican Nationalist, Socialist or philanderer.

Good luck with the search Hill.

Sat, 01/27/2007 - 11:48
Fred Dawes

Thank you Smitty I knew about that 3 years ago but being in a gang is good news in L.A., After-all most people in L.A. Are from one gang or the other, 25 percent of the hispanic cops are still part of some gang, so Villarargosa is in a normal place, and he is much loved by his people, oh well just keep a good eye on this rat, he will go far in the coming years maybe all the way to becoming the new mexican ruler of "North Mexico" once known as the USA.

Fri, 01/26/2007 - 13:01
Smitty

while you're at it you might mention that Antonio was also in a Latino street gang as a youth and even had his gang tattoos removed when he went into politics, he was also I hear quite instrumental in preventing & resticting the prosecution of gang members for felony crimes while in the state legislature and instrumental in prohibiting the deporation of alien gang-bangers while in the legislature too. Altonio was also paid as a consultant for the CHF and (a private exempt from public oversite California Healthcare Foundation created by the liquidation & sale of non-profit healthcare providers like Blue Cross) well over $100,000 a year as a consultant while out of office.

The CHF in collusion with the state of CA provides healthcare services for illegals and sponsores many ballot propositions & studies for free healthcare for illegals, the CHF also has a lot of the spouses & friends of CA politicians on the payroll too.

Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:59
Smitty

while you're at it you might mention that Antonio was also in a Latino street gang as a youth and even had his gang tattoos removed when he went into politics, he was also I hear quite instrumental in preventing & resticting the prosecution of gang members for felony crimes while in the state legislature and instrumental in prohibiting the deporation of alien gang-bangers while in the legislature too. Altonio was also paid as a consultant for the CHF and (a private exempt from public oversite California Healthcare Foundation created by the liquidation & sale of non-profit healthcare providers like Blue Cross) well over $100,000 a year as a consultant while out of office.

The CHF in collusion with the state of CA provides healthcare services for illegals and sponsores many ballot propositions & studies for free healthcare for illegals, the CHF also has a lot of the spouses & friends of CA politicians on the payroll too.

 
 
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