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Bhutto, at the speed of Wiki...

Posted at 12:35 PM on December 27, 2007 by Jeff Horwich

Interesting sidebar to today's assassination of Benazir Bhutto is how fast Wikipedians got down to business.

Her main entry was quickly updated with info on the killing, and a separate article sprung up specifically to deal with the event. Both were heavily sourced, and a flag was added at the top alerting readers that details were still evolving.

You don't instinctively think of Wikipedia as a news source, but when I searched to find more info on the assassination, it was one of the first places I wound up.

Meanwhile, U.S. politics rests for no one. A press release from the Giuliani campaign led a Washington Post blog to speculate on whether Bhutto's killing will be a boost to his flagging front-runner status (by reminding everyone how scaaaaaaaary terrorism is).

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