Examples of Bias in Wikipedia: Conservative Personalities

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Phyllis Schlafly

This article lists examples of Bias in Wikipedia, as it relates to Conservative Politicians and Personalities:

  1. On November 2, 2006, days before the mid-term Congressional elections, an anonymous IP address traced to the New York Times changed U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Wikipedia biographical entry from "a prominent member of the Republican Party" to "Grand Dragon of the Republican Party."[1][2][dead link
  2. Wikipedia has thousands of obscure pages for individuals that the public never heard of or recognize. Conservative undercover journalist Hannah Giles is not given her own page mostly likely due to the fact she has taken on the liberal establishment and won. A search of Hannah Giles gives her an obscure paragraph in what Wikipedia titles the ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy. [2]
  3. On June 21, 2012, an IP added an allegation to the biography of Bob Livingston saying that he was a "part of a broad criminal conspiracy involving Turkish operatives and Representatives Dennis Hastert, Dan Burton, Roy Blunt, Bob Livingston, Stephen Solarz, and Tom Lantos."[3] This remained in the article until 2013.[4]
  4. For liberal politicians, Wikipedia uses flattering photos. But for conservative politician Sally Kern, about whom homosexual activists have had a sissy fit, from 2009 to 2011, Wikipedia used an absurd, uncharacteristic photo.[5]
  5. Amid the libel controversy against Rush Limbaugh during his bid to purchase an NFL team, the St. Louis Rams, Newsbusters revealed the false quote's Web source appeared to be from Wikipedia.[6] The quote has been removed and replaced several times since 2005. And the Wikipedia entry did not provide a transcript link to Limbaugh's show with the citation, because the quote did not exist but was part of a bias strategy by Wikipedia to label Limbaugh a racist. While the talk host criticized the website that bills itself as an "online encyclopedia," Wikipedia editors were busy discussing their strategy for handling the controversy.[7] It was later revealed that the quotes were added by a highly controversial, bias user with the IP address of 69.64.213.146.[8]
  6. Alma mater normally refers to a college that a person actually graduated from. [9] However, at Wikipedia, the biography for co-founder Jimmy Wales prominently lists two colleges he didn't graduate from as alma maters. [10] Conservative Sean Hannity attended but did not graduate from NYU. Wikipedia does not list NYU as Sean Hannity's alma mater. Although this exclusion is accurate, it demonstrates a double standard when comparing liberals and conservatives. [11]
  7. Wikipedia tries to smear conservatives as "conspiracy theorists," even when they are not, and yet omits that epithet for liberals who insist there are vast conspiracies, such as Hillary Clinton's claim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." Compare Wikipedia's entry on Phyllis Schlafly, which repeats a false assertion that she "veers off into conspiracy theories,"[12] with Wikipedia's entry on Hillary Clinton, which provides her quote of a "vast" conspiracy yet refuses to describe her as a conspiracy theorist.[13] Wikipedia's entry on liberal Michael Moore, the biggest conspiracy theorist of all, does not even include any reference to the word "conspiracy"![14]
  8. The Wikipedia page on Phyllis Schlafly implies that she took a stance in favor of segregation in 1960, and that she used Jewish code words. The source is a NY Times book review of a book about her, but the review does not say those things. The book review criticizes the book author instead. The Wikipedia article does not identify the book reviewer as Jewish, even though the reviewer is a Jew raising a Jewish issue. A user who tried to correct these errors was blocked indefinitely from Wikipedia, and a comment was even removed from the Talk page. The Schlafly article has been repeatedly vadalized.[15][16][17]
  9. The Wikipedia page on John Lott, a respected conservative commentator and academic, cites supposed errors in Lott's characterization of liberal bias against gun owners in his book More Guns, Less Crime. In fact, Lott's figures are accurate, and Wikipedia's sanctimonious claim of "bias" for his exposure of liberal media bias smacks of liberal hypocrisy. The rest of the entry is also filled with other unfounded smears and accusations attempting to silence his factual conservatism, characteristic of Wikipedia's liberal censorship. [18]
  10. Despite Wikipedia's policy on not including "neologisms", the disgusting and hateful term Santorum is listed on Wikipedia and ranks #2 in Google. This was a smear term specifically invented by gay rights activist Dan Savage to be derogatory of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Wikipedia:Biographies of Living Persons also is said to restrict material that may cause "harm to the subject." The page has existed for five years, was nominated for deletion, but all the liberal editors of Wikipedia had their say, and the article has been kept. The article was also repeatedly nominated for "good article" status.[19]
  11. Wikipedia uses trivia to push its liberal icons on readers. In its first 200 words about conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Wikipedia used to include the meaningless trivia that he was born on the same day as (liberal) Jimmy Carter.[20] Yet nowhere in Carter's entry does it say he was born on the same day as Rehnquist.
  12. Wikipedia biographies for conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin are usually saddled with large sections titled “controversies”. These “controversies” are often nothing but quotes or complaints by fringe liberal elements, and Wikipedia advises against such sections, but its liberal editors ensure the biased use of such sections.[21] However, the Wikipedia page for “Hanoi” Jane Fonda describes her obviously controversial propagandizing for the North Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War as “political activism” rather than “controversy”. [22]
  13. Wikipedia allows countless entries flattering obscure liberals, but lacks many entries about leading conservatives. For example, the Wikipedia entry on pro-life leader Judie Brown was previously nothing but a redirect[23] to an entry about an organization which barely mentions her.[24] A proper page for her has since been added[25].
  14. The Wikipedia page for Republican Mark Kirk[26] made no mention of the widely-reported and significant fact that, as a Navy reservist, he is the first U.S. Representative since WWII to make an overseas deployment to an imminent danger area (Afghanistan).[27] Instead, the Wikipedia page devotes an entire section titled "contributors" that attempts to smear Kirk with tenuous associations to controversial figures because of relatively small campaign donations. A grammatically-incorrect acknowledgment of Kirk's deployment eventually appeared.[28] Kirk's wikipedia page mentioned a $1,000 donation from Tony Rezko [29], but Obama's page does not mention the $54,416 [30] Rezko donation. [31] Only after this issue was brought up were issues corrected.[32]
  15. Wikipedia bias against movement conservatives is intense. Michele Bachmann won reelection in 2008 by 3% in a state that went heavily Democratic, but instead of crediting her conservative positions the biased Wikipedia entry states, "Despite fallout from controversial statements that she had made, Bachmann defeated her Democratic opponent Elwyn Tinklenberg in the 2008 election."[33]
  16. Wikipedia's entry on conservative Ron Paul smears him with unsubstantiated statements (newsletter "issues gave tactical advice to right-wing militia groups and advanced various conspiracy theories"[34]), misleading attributions of statements (Paul renounced the statements in 2001), and an overall political hatchet job ... and then locks the page to prevent correction![35]
  17. On July 28, 2010, the United States was listed as a "belligerent" fighting on the side of Iraq in Wikipedia's "Iran-Iraq War" article.[36] On July 15, 2010, Ronald Reagan was listed under "commanders and leaders" as a commander of Iraqi forces, alongside Saddam Hussein and his thugs.[37]
  18. Wikipedia smears prominent Christian conservatives, including James Dobson and D. James Kennedy, with an allegation that they are part of a grand scheme Wikipedia calls "Dominionism".[38] The term was made up by liberals and this conspiracy theory has no factual basis, but Wikipedia smears these conservatives with elaborate templates in their own entries depicting them as part of this fictional scheme.[39] This edit [3] calls Eagle Forum dominionist, even though there is not even any source that says so. The Eagle Forum article now has a "criticism" section that alleges various associations with theocracy and dominionism citing various left-wing opinion web sites, but none of those sites even says that Eagle Forum supports theocracy or dominionism. One editor was blocked just for trying to fix it.
  19. Wikipedia's entry about the anti-Christian and anti-Semitic H.L. Mencken praises him profusely because he, Wikipedia's words, "notably assaulted America's preoccupation with fundamentalist Christianity."[40] After 3,500 words of adulation, Wikipedia then buries a concession that Mencken "has been referred to as anti-Semitic and misogynistic."[41] Wikipedians like Mencken's hostility to religion too much to admit that his biographer (Terry Teachout) and his close Jewish friend (Charles Angoff) described him as racist and anti-Semitic.[42]
  20. Wikipedia uses guilt-by-association far worse than Joseph McCarthy ever did. Wikipedia smears numerous persons and organizations by giving the false impression that they are associated with the John Birch Society (JBS). Examples have included:
    • pro-life Congressman Jerry Costello, merely because JBS gave him a favorable rating[43]
    • anti-communist Fred Schwarz, merely because JBS agreed with him[44]
    • the conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, by repeating a 40 year old newspaper claim that some of its leaders once belonged to the JBS[45]
    • conservative baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky, a cancer survivor, merely because a newspaper claimed he once belonged to JBS[46]
  21. In response to this criticism, Wikipedia removed ... only the smears against the more liberal targets, such as the Democrat Jerry Costello, or the less influential entries, such as the deceased Fred Schwarz. Additionally, as of August 5, 2008, the Dravecky article no longer mentions anything about JBS.[47] Wikipedia left intact the smear against the AAPS. After removal of the smear against Costello, it was then reinserted before being removed again.[48]
  22. Wikipedia's article on the longest-serving and most powerful Maryland official in its history, William Donald Schaefer, contains about 1900 words, but over two-thirds of those words (1400/1900) are devoted to silly gossip, outright vulgarity and National Enquirer-type material.[49] 406 words, which is over 20% of the entire entry, is devoted to a silly dispute Schaefer had one day with the local newspaper.
  23. Wikipedia will give often great prominence to liberal criticism of someone, while almost never giving such prominence to conservative criticism of a liberal. For example, Wikipedia's entry for conservative Texas legislator Debbie Riddle is devoted mostly to liberal criticism of an obscure quote of hers.[50] But Wikipedia's entry for liberal Chuck Schumer consists of glowing praise without including any conservative criticism of him.[51]
  24. Wikipedia's entry for seven weeks about Thad Cochran,[52] a conservative Republican member of the U.S. Senate, smeared him with an offensive, unsupported quotation not of Cochran, but of a Democratic Mississippi governor for whom Cochran's mother campaigned when Cochran was age 14. The unsupported quote was never spoken or endorsed by Cochran, but Wikipedia featured it near the top of Cochran's entry to mislead the reader into thinking Cochran is somehow a racist.
  25. Wikipedia's article about the late Senator John Tower includes a mean-spirited story whose only point seems to be to indicate the degree of his ex-wife's bitterness toward him. The article previously spelled his wife's name incorrectly. The article was in that state since it was first inserted in May 2006[53] and until it was corrected on January 26, 2007 [54]. No real encyclopedia would print such silly gossip.
  26. Wikipedia's presidential template for George W. Bush is a sterile presentation of his life and presidency[55], but the template for Barack Obama is filled with non-notable, forgettable fluff such as links to articles about songs about him, a list of artists who support him, a Super Mario-type video game based on him and a list of places named after him.[56] (Note that there is no mention on Wikipedia of George W. Bush Elementary in Stockton, CA.[57])
  27. Wikipedia reported on the Glen Beck "Restoring Honor rally" with an emphasis on the dispute over the estimates of the size of the crowd. Although Beck claimed 500,000 attended, Wikipedia reported that "a scientific estimate placed the crowd size around 87,000, while media reports varied dramatically from tens of thousands to 500,000." In contrast, Wikipedia's coverage of the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" merely reported "About 215,000 people attended the rally, according to aerial photography analysis by AirPhotosLive.com for CBS News." without giving any conflicting estimates.[58]
  28. The Wikipedia article on the Council for National Policy cites to liberal sources critical of the CNP pointing out its private membership lists, closed meetings and litigation involving its tax exemption, without also citing to conservative sources that view the CNP in a more favorable light.[59]
  29. Wikipedia's entries about media sources are biased towards the liberal media. In its entry on Fox News, Fox's conservatism is mentioned in the first paragraph[60], but its first paragraph on liberally slanted CNN offers no such information. [61]
  30. Although his speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention was a clever one, Wikipedia catered to the liberal media, which hyped and mocked his speech as ridiculous and detrimental to the Republican cause, by creating a whole article on his appearance.[62] Even though the famous actor already had a long section in his article on politics, Wikipedia felt it was necessary to create a whole new article to further the left's ridicule of him.
  31. Wikipedia entries contain liberal claims followed by citations that do not actually support the claims. For example, Wikipedia's entry on Michael Farris states that it "was speculated that Farris' close connection to conservative leaders ... alienated some voters" in his campaign for lieutenant governor,[63] but its citation for that liberal claim actually attributes his loss to his opponent's television ads that (falsely) claimed Farris wanted "to ban children's books such as 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Rumpelstiltskin,' and 'Cinderella'."[64]
  32. Wikipedia's pervasive anonymous editing vandalizes numerous conservative entries, such as that of pro-life scholar Mary Ann Glendon.[65] For nearly two weeks her entry on Wikipedia has featured the disrespectful and unsupported statement that "She is a notable pro-life feminist, and a fan of the Dropkick Murphys," which is a punk rock group. Liberal editors monitor anonymous editing, but often allow attempts to embarrass conservatives to remain for a long time.
  33. Wikipedia often inserts bias by downplaying a liberal outrage or fallacy amid thousands of words of nearly irrelevant information. For example, no one credibly disputes that liberals forced Larry Summers to resign as president of Harvard because he dared to suggest that the under-representation of women in math, science and engineering may be due to innate differences between women and men.[66][67] But the verbose entry for Larry Summers on Wikipedia implies that his obscure other positions were more important in causing his ouster.[68]
  34. Conservative activist Larry Klayman's biography on Wikipedia was repeatedly edited over a 6 month period by an editor account created only for that purpose. The result was a six-month edit war with an editor who repeatedly removed the unsubstantiated allegations taken from a legal document in his divorce case.[69]
  35. During conservative Senator Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election campaign, someone edited his Wikipedia biography to say that he was a turtle.[70]

References

  1. Wikipedia/Tom DeLay, Revision as of 20:19, 2 November 2006, IP 199.181.174.146
  2. WikiScanner
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bob_Livingston&diff=prev&oldid=498647198
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bob_Livingston&diff=prev&oldid=556359990
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Files_for_deletion/2011_February_26#File:Sally_Kern_2009.jpg
  6. Limbaugh: Media 'scum' lying about fake racist quotes, WND, October 13, 2009.
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Rush_Limbaugh#Legal_threat
  8. The Search for the Wikipedia Libelist (important update), American Thinker, October 21, 2009.
  9. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alma%20mater
  10. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jimmy_Wales&oldid=272581018
  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sean_Hannity&oldid=272201242
  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllis_Schlafly
  13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
  14. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Moore
  15. Mooreturns (Sept. 9, 2011). Phyllis Schlafly.
  16. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phyllis_Schlafly&diff=next&oldid=351501626
  17. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phyllis_Schlafly&diff=319693606&oldid=319410037
  18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lott#Media_bias_and_defensive_gun_use
  19. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Santorum_%28neologism%29/GA1
  20. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rehnquist
  21. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Criticism&oldid=225325117
  22. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Fonda
  23. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Judie_Brown&redirect=no
  24. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Life_League
  25. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judie_Brown
  26. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mark_Kirk&oldid=263357766
  27. http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/il10_kirk/Kirk_Completes_Reserve_Tour.html
  28. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mark_Kirk&oldid=263472629
  29. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mark_Kirk&oldid=268845790
  30. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353782,CST-NWS-rezpols23.article
  31. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barack_Obama&oldid=272320979
  32. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mark_Kirk&oldid=274813568
  33. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Bachmann#cite_ref-33
  34. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ron_Paul&oldid=183792833
  35. The page was locked from January 8 to August 6, 2008. [1]
  36. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War&diff=375898707&oldid=375895692
  37. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War&diff=368133799&oldid=368122576
  38. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism
  39. See, e.g., D. James Kennedy
  40. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mencken
  41. Ibid.
  42. http://cjrarchives.org/issues/2003/1/mencken-payne.asp
  43. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jerry_Costello&oldid=142488803
  44. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fred_Schwarz&oldid=143791808
  45. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_American_Physicians_and_Surgeons
  46. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dave_Dravecky&oldid=155924640
  47. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dave_Dravecky&oldid=225907517
  48. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jerry_Costello&diff=156607328&oldid=156100194
  49. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Donald_Schaefer
  50. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Riddle
  51. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Schumer
  52. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thad_Cochran&oldid=135420256 (revised only after being exposed on Conservapedia, but then the smear was reinserted again before being removed again)
  53. John Tower, revision as of Jan 25
  54. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Tower&offset=20070208110937&limit=20&action=history
  55. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:George_W._Bush
  56. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Public_image_of_Barack_Obama
  57. http://www.google.com/search?q=%22george+w.+bush+elementary%22+stockton&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
  58. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rally_to_Restore_Sanity_and/or_Fear&oldid=504295774
  59. Council for National Policy. Retrieved on August 23, 2012.
  60. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_news
  61. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cnn
  62. Wikipedia: Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican National Convention
  63. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Farris
  64. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2519/is_n1_v15/ai_14891141
  65. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ann_Glendon
  66. http://www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2007/09/14/news/114new1.txt
  67. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19181-2005Jan18.html
  68. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Summers
  69. 6 month edit ware on Larry Klayman. Retrieved on October 18, 2013.
  70. "Wikipedia swift to remove McConnell turtle entry", USA Today, September 23, 2014. Retrieved on October 6, 2014. 
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