• Gingrich Staffer Publishes Alternate History on Wikipedia

    Newt Gingrich is well-known for his novels of historical fiction, but even a professional historian of his caliber needs help to craft the ultimate in alternate universes: one in which Newt Gingrich isn't just a thrice-married adult baby with serious ethics issues, who delivers lectures on the meaning of America from his favorite table at L'Auberge Chez Francois and expounds on fiscal discipline while maintaing a $500,000 credit line at Tiffany's.

    Luckily, Gingrich has in his employ Joe DeSantis, who apparently spends all his time as the campaign's communications director making minor edits to Wikipedia and arguing on the site's Talk page…

    Wikipedia records show DeSantis has made over 60 adjustments to entries in the online, publicly-edited encyclopedia to the biographical entry on Gingrich, the similar page on his wife, Callista, and a separate page on one of their books, Rediscovering Good in America.

    DeSantis has actively lobbied for changes to the articles since mid-December in a discussion forum called "Talk" on the site, and previously from May to June of last year, though his most recent direct edit to the site was in June of 2011.

    Because nothing says "communication strategy" like "I'm sorry we haven't put out that press release yet…someone is WRONG on the Internet!"

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    Tags: History, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Wikipedia


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