This morning, Joe Andrew was Wikitaged . On a conference call, the former DNC chair and superdelegate announced his switch from Clinton to Obama but said he was worried about a smear campaign against him after some people fiddled with his Wikipedia page.
Naturally, we wondered what exactly these Wikiteurs were saying about him. Here’s a quick timeline from the page’s history:
At 5:57 this morning, someone added the information that
During the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination battle [Andrew] was on [ sic ] of the first to endorse Senator Hillary Clinton, on May 1, 2008, however, he decided to switch his allegiance to Senator Barack Obama. He becomes one of a growing number of former Clinton officials or appointees to switch to Barack Obama.
Later, at 11:20, the entire entry disappeared, to be replaced with
It took less than a minute for another user, "NawlinWiki," to revert the page to its old version. But two hours later, some added this bit:
He will be remembered when the party is unable to retake the White House. He will be remembered as a traitor to his friends and the party.
Six minutes later, it was gone. But soon the pro-Obama forces (or, really, one user going by the creative handle " 220.127.116.11") started to rally, posting at the bottom of the page:
HILLARY IS A LIAR, BEWARE THE CLINTON'S [ sic ] WILL DO AND SAY ANYTHING!
A minute later, the same user copied and pasted this phrase a few hundred times.
craziest online political battle
, but, still—don't Phil Singer and Bill Burton have anything better to do with their time?