Ryan Briggs Ryan Briggs is a staff writer and connoisseur of City Hall intrigue, business dealings, neighborhood gossip and local lore. Ryan has studied, worked and resided in Philadelphia since 2004, covering politics and development issues for Hidden City, Next City and Metropolis, amongst other fine publications.
Mark B Cohen wants to add you to his wikipedia page.
Recently, we provided an update on the status of Rep. Mark B. Cohen's absurdly long Wikipedia page, the laudatory tone of which has led some to speculate that the entry was authored by Cohen himself. While Cohen has denied this, Wikipedia's administrators have decided that the bloated page is too close to political spam for comfort.
One such administrator wrote City Paper recently, informing us that they were "investigating this matter" and that a mystery user behind most of the content named "Zulitz" (who Cohen claims he "knows" IRL) will likely "be blocked from editing for a conflict of interest."
As of Jan. 3, two editors had already started the time-consuming process of picking apart useful and less-than-useful information from the article, which is ranked as the 327th longest of Wikipedia's 4.4 million entries, just below former President George W. Bush's and just above another, for the Ukraine. First to go: Statistics on the number of Cohen's Twitter and Facebook followers and an entire subsection that listed every legislator in Harrisburg who is older than Cohen. Still present, the time someone at the Daily News honored him in 1974 and information about his sister almost winning a Council seat.
The state lawmaker personally commented on our initial, admittedly frivolous blog post. He defended his entry as lengthy purely because he does "a lot of things which are publicly documented", and explained that his embarrassing cell phone use was because of a need "to multitask" while serving his Northeast Philadelphia constituents, who he seemed confident "will vote for me in large numbers in the May 20, 2014, Democratic primary election." It's interesting timing, given the fact that a young candidate just announced his intentions of unseating Cohen in that primary.
It's still unclear whether challenger Jared Solomon's nonexistent Wikipedia page will prove to be a fatal disadvantage against the e-lustrious (yes, I'm coining that term for meaningless, virtual accomplishments) Cohen.
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