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Des Lynam killed by giant snowball rumour started from Government computer

The Argus: Des Lynam killed by giant snowball rumour started from Government computer Des Lynam killed by giant snowball rumour started from Government computer

An online rumour that TV presenter Des Lynam had been killed by a giant snowball started from a Government PC.

The Brighton-based TV presenter’s Wikipedia page was amended in May 2013 to state that he had been “killed after being hit by a giant snowball”.

The Daily Telegraph is now reporting that the amendment to the Wikipedia page was made from a government computer based in London.

The paper is reporting that the rumour regarding Mr Lynam was part of a series of embarrassing edits to the online encyclopaedia from computers with government IP addresses including insulting revisions to former Petworth pub owner Chris Evans’ biography.

An urgent investigation has now been launched in the Cabinet Office after the Liverpool Echo revealed the phrases “Blame Liverpool fans” and “You’ll never walk again” were added to Wikipedia’s Hillsborough pages by civil servants.

The Cabinet Office has since confirmed the inquiry, which is being overseen by Hillsborough campaigner Andy Burnham MP, will be broadened to include other Wikipedia abuse.

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10:38am Mon 28 Apr 14

Greenginkgo says...

A few quotation marks would help to make the headline comprehensible.
A few quotation marks would help to make the headline comprehensible. Greenginkgo
  • Score: 5

11:52am Mon 28 Apr 14

Cory and Trevor says...

That the headline starts with the words "Des Lynam killed by giant snowball..." instead of "Rumour that Des Lynam had been killed..." suggests that either:

1) the argus deliberately tried to attract attention to the story with the notion that Des Lynam has been kIlled, or

2) The writer and editor are utterly incompetent.

If any staff read this, then they can take it as a serious complaint.
That the headline starts with the words "Des Lynam killed by giant snowball..." instead of "Rumour that Des Lynam had been killed..." suggests that either: 1) the argus deliberately tried to attract attention to the story with the notion that Des Lynam has been kIlled, or 2) The writer and editor are utterly incompetent. If any staff read this, then they can take it as a serious complaint. Cory and Trevor
  • Score: 19

12:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

FatherTed11 says...

Shoddy 'journalism' as usual. This website is a joke.
Shoddy 'journalism' as usual. This website is a joke. FatherTed11
  • Score: 6

1:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

Lets hope Des is not now killed by a giant snowball and the Argus is actually publishing the future !! rather than it seems some little story about Des regarding some comment on a wiki website page ?"
Lets hope Des is not now killed by a giant snowball and the Argus is actually publishing the future !! rather than it seems some little story about Des regarding some comment on a wiki website page ?" Mr chock
  • Score: 0

10:00pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Geneve says...

Oh no! Has Des Lynam been killed by a giant rumour about snowballs started from a government computer?
Oh no! Has Des Lynam been killed by a giant rumour about snowballs started from a government computer? Geneve
  • Score: 1

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