Posted by DrJohn on 28 March, 2015 at 3:56 am. 1 comment.


Despite the steady wave of scandals that have begun to erode even the New York Times’ portrayal of Hillary Clinton, her image remains unblemished on Wikipedia. Since he first started editing her page in June 2005, Hillary’s “Wikipedia watchdog” has been guarding against slanders, accusations, unfair assumptions, and distortions on the high-traffic, heavily footnoted, highly policed Hillary Rodham Clinton Wikipedia page.

Unlike most Wikipedia editors, who prefer to remain anonymous, “Wasted Time R” has no problem giving his real name: Jonathan Schilling. Leading up to Hillary’s failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Schilling’s significant role in the shaping of the image of the former first lady was the subject of several interviews and articles, including pieces by NPR, BBC, Canadian Radio, and New Republic.

“I figure if you’re going to be doing this … you might as well own up to who you are,” Schilling said.

In a piece on the wiki pages of Hillary and Obama, New Republic’s Eve Fairbanks described Schilling as “the man who protects Hillary’s online self from the public’s hatred.” His dedication to the unofficial job is stunning: he estimated in 2008 that he spent 15 hours a week editing, with most of that, as Fairbanks says, “standing watch over Hillary’s page.”

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