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Wikipedia removes Senate candidate’s page created after rape

Catherine Barnette
Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette of Pennsylvania speaks during a debate on May 4, 2022. |

A US Senate candidate in Pennsylvania accuses Wikipedia of trying to “cancel” her by deleting her Wikipedia page as her campaign gains momentum in the days leading up to the primary election.

Kathy Barnette, one of several Republican candidates vying for the open US Senate seat in Pennsylvania, who has been the subject of recent national media reports highlighting the fact that she was conceived from rape, caught on Twitter Tuesday to complain that Wikipedia had taken down his page with about a week left before the primary election.

On May 17, Republicans and Democrats will select candidates to run in the general election scheduled for November to replace retired Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

“When they cancel me, they cancel you,” proclaimed Barnette, a veteran and former homeschooled mother. ” Nobody said it was easy. They don’t like to give up power. They forget that the real power is with the people, however.

Barnette, who also served as an assistant professor of finance, shared a screenshot of the “discussion” section of the article that formerly bore his name, which states that “this page was recently deleted (within the last 24 time)”. The screenshot shows Monday as the page’s deletion date.

A hard copy of a list of Monday’s deleted Wikipedia pages includes a discussion of the rationale for removing Barnette’s Wikipedia page. “This person is still not notable,” the page says.

Those searching Wikipedia for “Kathy Barnette” will instead be redirected to the page for “the 2022 U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania” because “sources surround almost all of her candidacy or [her] previous failed bid for Congress. Wikipedia editors argue that Barnette does not meet the site’s notoriety guidelines for politicians.

Barnette ran unsuccessfully for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district in 2020.

Specifically, the encyclopedia defines “politicians and judges who have held international, national, or (for countries with federal or similar systems of government) state/province-level offices, or who have been members of legislative bodies at these levels” as “notables”. ”

Politicians “who have been elected to such positions but have not yet assumed them” are also considered notable, as are “major local political figures who have received significant media coverage”.

Wikipedia classifies “prominent local political figures who have received significant media coverage” as notable. “Merely being a local elected official or an unelected candidate for political office does not guarantee notoriety, although such individuals may still be notable if they meet the general notability guideline,” the website explains.

According to the “general notability guideline”, “[a] the topic is presumed suitable for a stand-alone article or list when it has received significant coverage in reliable sources independent of the topic.

While Wikipedia has concluded that Barnette does not meet the notability guidelines at this time, the encyclopedia notes that “if Barnette wins the election, the article may be recreated.”

The latest polls from the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary race suggest that Barnette winning the primary election is a possibility.

After spending months voting in single digits, recent surveys of Pennsylvania Republican primary voters have seen an increase in support for Barnette, whose two main opponents are doctor and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, and hedge fund manager Dave McCormick.

The latest RealClearPolitics average of the Republican Senate nomination polls in Pennsylvania shows Oz leading with 22.3% followed by Barnette at 21%, McCormick at 20% and all other single-digit candidates.

Barnette has yet to lead in any poll conducted on the race so far, despite coming second in the two most recent polls.

In a survey conducted by FOX 29/Insider Advantage from May 7-9, Oz leads with 23%, with Barnette getting 21% support and McCormick receiving 19% support. A poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group from May 6-8 shows Oz in the lead with 25% support and Barnette in second place with 23%. In this poll, McCormick received 22% support among those polled.

A Fox News poll from May 3-7 shows Barnette at 19%, ranking third behind McCormick (20%) and Oz (22%).

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Oz in the primary, but concerns over ‘carpeting’ allegations stemming from Oz’s longtime New Jersey residency and insufficient and inconsistent support for conservative principles could thwart the personality. of television to land the Republican nomination for the seat of the United States Senate.

While abortion has become a significant issue in American politics following the publication of an article by Politico containing a first draft opinion of the Supreme Court suggesting that the court could overturn the 1973 decision Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Barnette caught the attention of the pro-life movement.

The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List announced its support for Barnette on Tuesday a week before the Republican primary.

“We are thrilled to endorse Kathy Barnette for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania,” SBA List Chair Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement on Tuesday. “Kathy is a courageous advocate for life who exposes the human cost of abortion.”

Dannenfelser praised Barnette’s “deeply compelling personal story” as a baby conceived through rape whose mother chose not to abort it. The activist argued that this “should stir consciences across our country, as she is proof that every child has dignity and deserves a chance and every mother deserves our support to choose life”.

“[T]here couldn’t be a starker contrast between Kathy and pro-abortion Democrats like John Fetterman, who want to mandate abortion on demand until birth,” Dannenfelser said.

“Fetterman even calls abortion ‘sacred’ and can’t name a single limit to abortion that he supports,” she added. “Kathy will fight against the radical Biden-Schumer agenda and defend the values ​​of Pennsylvanians. We urge Keystone State voters to send him to Washington at this pivotal time in American life.

Currently, nonpartisan political handicappers, including Cook Political Report, Politico, RealClearPolitics, and the University of Virginia Center for Politics, view the Pennsylvania Senate election as a draw.

Inside Elections called the race “Tilt Republican,” indicating a very narrow advantage for the GOP. The Senate is currently split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris voting in favor of the Democrats. Republicans only need one seat to take control of the Senate.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: [email protected]

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