Sigh. I wrote about vandalism at the Wikipedia in January of 2009 in my article: Any fool can change the Wikipedia. All sorts of folks have tinkered with the Wikipedia, including birthers trying to remake popular history in their image. The latest apparent vandalism appeared today in an attempt to discredit Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
Two years ago, the Nordyke twins’ birth certificates were printed in the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper; they showed the birth hospital name as “The Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital” just as does the newly-released Barack Obama long form birth certificate.
One birther claim is:
According to the web site the name didn’t change to Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital merged with Kapi’olani Maternity Home in 1978. So how could his official long form birth certificate that was generated in 1961 have the name of the hospital that wasn’t created until 1978?
Of course, we know already what the hospital name was in 1961 from the Nordyke certificate. The birther email then goes on to quote the Wikipedia entry which actually doesn’t support the claim exactly (since it doesn’t mention Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in this section), but still is a contradiction to Obama’s birth certificate. The birther then says: “Check it Out your self at WIKI ! Gives 1978 as the Name Change Date !”
Perhaps in an attempt to deal with this issue, someone today changed the date from 1978 to 1958. (It has since been changed back.) Also somebody keeps adding the word “alleged” to the sentence: “It is also known for being the alleged birthplace of United States President Barack Obama”.
The Wikipedia article is obviously still wrong about the name change, but someone will have to find a good source before it gets fixed.