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Wikipedia is tightly controlled by PR professionals part II…

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2009

… and if its not it sure as hell looks that way.

In our first installment informing you just how bad Wikipedia has become we said:

It is no secret that PR people monitor the pages they work for like a hawk. These people abuse and manipulate the rules and try to make relationships with official Wikipedia editors to go after people who would post any relavent fact they find inconvenient. By manipulating these rules people submit for banning anyone who posts information that is not liked.

Congressional staffers monitor wikipedia like hawks, and there are even guides on how to use and manipulate wikipedia to use it for marketing (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Wikipedia was designed to be the “anti-corporate”, collectivist open source, feel good, kumbaya, place to get “real” information that was “honest”.  The new rules and tools they implemented to resist corprate PR take over of Wikipedia made the editing rules and tools more complex thus allowing those who have taken the time to master a complex new “edit verifying system” to manipulate it and actually strengthen the PR lock on Wikipedia’s content.

The result: Since Wikipedia results are often near the top of any Google search, the “anti-corporate” information source has become THE public relations marketing tool of the internet (see Quinn’s Laws of Leftism #1).

Always remember that nothing on Wikipedia should be accepted as anything but total PR marketing and has no more credibility than a cigarette ad in a magazine.

One of our people tried to reinsert some of the links that had been removed from the site, within 90 seconds they were removed and a warning from Wikipedia about posting spam and warez was given to the poster. Of course there was no spam or warez, just a couple of links that were there for a long time and then whitewashed.

World Net Daily News tested Wikipedia with fully sourced edits:

A perusal through Obama’s current Wikipedia entry finds a heavily guarded, mostly glowing biography about the U.S. president. Some of Obama’s most controversial past affiliations, including with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former Weathermen terrorist Bill Ayers, are not once mentioned, even though those associations received much news media attention and served as dominant themes during the presidential elections last year.

Ayers, Wright missing in Obama’s bio

The entire Wikipedia entry on Obama seems to be heavily promotional toward the U.S. president. It contains nearly no criticism or controversy, including appropriate mention of important issues where relevant.

For example, the current paragraph on Obama’s religion contains no mention of Wright, even though Obama’s association with the controversial pastor was one of the most talked about issues during the presidential campaign.

That paragraph states: “Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand ‘the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change.’ He was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and was an active member there for two decades.”

Ayers is also not mentioned, even where relevant.

WND monitored as a Wikipedia user attempted to add Ayers’ name to an appropriate paragraph. One of those additions, backed up with news articles, read as follows:

“He served alongside former Weathermen leader William Ayers from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project, and also from 1994 to 2002 on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation. Obama served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1991. Ayers was the founder and director of the Challenge.”

Within two minutes that Wikipedia entry was deleted and the user banned from posting on the website for three days, purportedly for adding “Point of View junk edits,” even though the addition was well-established fact.

The Wikipedia entry about former President George W. Bush, by contrast, is highly critical. One typical entry reads, “Prior to his marriage, Bush had multiple accounts of alcohol abuse. … After his re-election, Bush received increasingly heated criticism. In 2005, the Bush administration dealt with widespread criticism over its handling of Hurricane Katrina. In December 2007, the United States entered the second-longest post-World War II recession.”

The entry on Bush also cites claims that he was “favorably treated due to his father’s political standing” during his National Guard service.” It says Bush served on the board of directors for Harken and that questions of possible insider trading involving Harken arose even though a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation concluded the information Bush had at the time of his stock sale was not sufficient to constitute insider trading.

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