Matt Taibbi’s Wikipedia Defaced After Writing He “Couldn’t Be Happier” Breitbart Died [UPDATE]
5:51 pm, March 1st | by Laura Donovan and Amy Tennery
As far as Wikipedia pranks go, this may be among the most outrageous we’ve seen.
Rolling Stone staffer Matt Taibbi slammed late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart today, writing that he “couldn’t be happier that [Breitbart is] dead.” Then, this afternoon, Taibbi’s Wikipedia page listed him as a “piece of human excrement” and his spouse as “Vaseline and a sock.” His profile snapshot features elephant droppings.
The Jane Dough captured a screenshot of the description, which is sure to change:
Many were upset about Taibbi’s heartless response to Breitbart’s passing and called for his firing on Twitter.
The joke, of course, is a circuitous reference to Breitbart’s own notoriously salty talk. Breitbart famously tweeted a series of vitriol following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death in 2009, including (according to the Daily Kos):
“Rest in Chappaquiddick.”
“Look, this man was granted absolution for nothing. Class, life station played a part but PARTY was everything. GOP couldn’t get away with it.”
“I’ll shut my mouth for Carter. That’s just politics. Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement.”
At the time, Breitbart felt it was his doodie — err, duty — to slam Kennedy. Today, the duty was on Taibbi’s shoulders. This afternoon, it was on his Wikipedia page.
While we’d all love to know where this prank started, it’s fair to say that Taibbi, best-known for his fiery Rolling Stone blog, his association between Goldman Sachs and a “vampire squid”, and accosting a Vanity Fair writer with a cup of hot coffee, perhaps has a few detractors. Maybe we’ll never know the culprits.
UPDATE: Taibbi’s Wikipedia page was changed several minutes after the posting of this article.