The Wikipedia page for Republican Tom Manion, challenger to Democrat Patrick “sMurphy” Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, has been deleted along with that of another Republican challenger for a Democrat-held seat.
According to Annie Tasker, reporting for Calkins Biased Media’s The Intelligencer Now, the page was deleted because Wikipedia’s “entry guidelines say that candidacy alone doesn’t make someone prominent enough to warrant a personal page.”
A reporter would have done a little investigation to provide balance to the statement of the quoted Wikipedia editor. Guess that’s left to independent bloggers these days.
Wikipedia History pages show up to 500 prior edits. The 500th oldest edit on sMurphy’s Wikipedia History page is dated October 5, 2005 — more than a year before he was elected to the US House of Representatives. This means his page existed at least 13 months before sMurphy was elected, when there was barely a Congressional race being waged.
Of course, being a Calkins outlet, there is no discussion of the double standard or attempt at getting an explanation for it.
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