The Friday evening version of Joe Biden’s Wikipedia entry remains firmly ensconced in a Firefox tab on my desktop, so it can be compared to its current form as Obama-Biden’s busy bees brush it up. I’m doing comparisons as time allows, and there isn’t much of it at the moment.
One thing is quickly obvious — a whole year has disappeared:
Amazing. Where did 2004 go?
You’ll just loooooove what got moved to a different and less logical section of the entry, while the section “2004″ went away (Note: I originally believed that the text in the “2004″ section had been deleted; also see the Update below):
(The text was moved to an area before the section for the 1988 campaign. For reasons unknown, the entry now posits that Biden didn’t “really” campaign in 2004, though evidence noted in the Update below indicates that he did.)
Joe Biden thought that John McCain would be perfectly qualified to be Veep on the Democratic ticket in 2004, and thus fit to serve as President if something should happen to John Kerry, his party’s nominee.
Now we get to hear Joe Biden tell us why John McCain shouldn’t be president.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
But, “oddly enough,” all that remains of the footnote relating to McCain is a headlined article at MSNBC with no text:
What are the odds that anyone in traditional media will take any interest in the ongoing whitewash? Or is it really possible that they’re participating in it?
Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.
UPDATE: I have made some modifications to the original entry, given the circumstances.
Before Biden was picked by Obama, there was a section in “presidential campaigns” called “2004.” That heading for that “whole year” has disappeared, as if he didn’t “campaign” for president. The headline of this post is therefore fine.
We can split hairs over the definition of “campaign,” but you’ll see at this CNN link from early 2004 that after Kerry was the clear nominee, Biden was considered someone “Who’s out.” The fact that he’s on the list means that in mid-2003, he must have been considered among the viable candidates with serious intentions to run, and that CNN considers him to have to some extent “campaigned.” “Campaigning” includes trying to bring on big-money donors and/or big-money connections and finding out that the money isn’t there, as Biden did.
The problem, if I recall correctly, is that Howard Dean was hogging all of the oxygen during that time, and people like Biden and certain others in the “who’s out” group couldn’t get noticed.
So I believe that the original 2004 entry was valid where it was, and its text should never have been moved to above 1988. I didn’t scour the entry from top to bottom to see where the text had been moved. Who would?
I have now noted that the text was moved to an illogical place, but that doesn’t change the fact that 2004 as a “Biden presidential campaign” disappeared — apparently, only because he was selected as Obama’s Veep. There’s no defense for that.
All of this makes it a slightly less egregious whitewash, but a whitewash nonetheless.
More to the point re the ads and disads of Wiki, the “wiki community” was fine with the entry for the 2004 section until Biden was selected. There is no reason, besides an invalid agenda-driven one, that Biden’s selection should have affected that section’s existence or its text’s location in any way, shape, or form.
UPDATE 2: Commenter Jim Taylor found the MSNBC article, which was actually from Reuters, in the Wayback Archive. It is reproduced here for fair use and discussion purposes –
WASHINGTON – Sen. Joseph Biden, a senior Democrat, on Sunday urged Republican Sen. John McCain to run for vice president with the Democratic hopeful, Sen. John Kerry, in order to heal the â€œvicious riftâ€ dividing America.
McCain, of Arizona, â€œcategoricallyâ€ ruled out standing with Kerry, but Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had no second choice.
â€œIâ€™m sticking with McCain,â€ Biden said.
â€œI think John McCain would be a great candidate for vice president,â€ Biden, from Delaware, said on NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press,â€ where the two senators appeared together to take questions on Iraq and other subjects.
â€œDo I think itâ€™s going to happen? No,â€ he said. â€œBut I think it is a reflection of the desire of this country and the desire of people in both parties to want to see this God-awful, vicious rift that exists in the nation healed, and John and John could go a long way to heal in that rift.â€
McCain, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and in line to take over the Senate Armed Services panel in two years, endorsed Bidenâ€™s call for bridging the political gap between Democrats and Republicans.
â€œThereâ€™s too much partisanship in America, and thereâ€™s too much partisanship in the Senate,â€ he said. â€œAnd weâ€™re not doing our job as our constituents expect us to do.â€
â€œI will always take anyoneâ€™s phone calls,â€ McCain said of any call he might get from Kerry, a fellow decorated Vietnam War veteran. â€œBut I will not, I categorically will not do it.â€
Kerry said Wednesday that McCain, a frequent critic of President Bush, would be his first choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense now wrestling with the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.
â€œI have any number of people that I would make secretary of Defense, beginning with our good friend John McCain,â€ Kerry said last week.
But on “Meet the Press” Sunday, McCain also indicated he was not interested in becoming secretary of defense in the event of a Kerry victory in November.