Wikipedia refuses to allow critical facts about Obama
Posted by sanityinjection on March 9, 2009
Controversy is brewing over one of my favorite websites, Wikipedia. I love Wikipedia and read it almost every day. Thus, I was disturbed to read that Wikipedia editors are being accused of “whitewashing” the entry on President Obama by eliminating any references to Bill Ayers or Reverend Wright:
I had to see this for myself. It’s true. In fact, on the “talk” page attached to article there is a whole explanation. But I don’t buy it. The editors claim that the appropriate place for those references is in the articles on the 2008 elections. Yet you won’t find Ayers referenced there either. One has to look up Ayers directly in order to discover that the two were ever connected in any way. That’s a little ridiculous. Also nothing about the flap over his Hawaiian birth certificate.
Of course, now that the controversy has been mentioned in the media, the article will be locked and no changes made until it dies down. That’s standard policy at Wikipedia. But I do think the article should, in time, be revised. I agree that biographical articles should not be weighed down with criticism, but simply mentioning the controversies and linking to another article hardly constitutes a hatchet job. The standard being applied to the Obama article clearly is more strict than that which is applied to other public figures.