Posted: Feb. 10, 2006; updated: Feb. 13, 2006
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DELAWARE REPUBLICANS AND JOE BIDEN'S SENATE STAFF?
The Delaware Republican Party was quick to pounce Friday on a News Journal story chiding the staffers of U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. for cleaning up the entry about their Democratic boss in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia in a constant state of rewrite.
The Republicans posted the newspaper story on their DelawareGOP.com Web site.
Right below it, the Republicans posted a story from Delaware Grapevine about a Democratic state legislator whose husband found work at the Delaware Economic Development Office in a job that was open because of the mass firings there last summer. (The story was removed Monday.)
It turned out to be a fitting juxtaposition of the two stories.
For some time now, the Republicans have been helping themselves to stories from Delaware Grapevine. They do not offer compensation. They do not ask permission.
They simply engage in copy-cribbing.
This time the Republicans did even more. In addition to the copy-cribbing, they corrupted the story. They edited out a reference to a Republican legislator whose wife holds a state job. They deleted any mention of the Republican connections of a worker who was fired from the economic development office.
No wonder the Republicans were drawn to the story about Joe Bidenís staff. It takes one to know one.