Larry Sanger, who is the co-founder of Wikipedia, is ringing alarm bells warning that the information source has been taken over by leftists who are eradicating any news that doesn’t fit their political agenda and that it can no longer be trusted.
He founded the site in 2001 along with Jimmy Wales and now claims that the project has betrayed its original mission. Sanger says it now reflects the views of the “establishment.” He noted that “teams of Democratic-leaning volunteers” are removing content that does not align with progressive ideals and cited the entries of President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
“The Biden article, if you look at it, has very little by way of the concerns that Republicans have had about him,” Sanger noted concerning the Joe Biden entry in an interview with UnHerd. “So if you want to have anything remotely resembling the Republican point of view about Biden, you’re not going to get it from the article.”
“And there is a paragraph – and it is quite a long article so there should be at least a paragraph – about the Ukraine scandal. Very little of that can be found in Wikipedia,” he remarked. “What little can be found is extremely biased and reads like a defense counsel’s brief, really.”
(Video Credit: UnHerd)
“Wikipedia does have a whole article titled—indeed, its bias showing right in the title—’Biden-Ukraine conspiracy theory.’ It begins, ‘The Biden–Ukraine conspiracy theory [bold in original] is a series of unevidenced claims centered on the false allegation that while Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, he engaged in corrupt activities relating to the employment of his son Hunter Biden by the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.’ There are, of course, a great many people who believe the claims are not ‘false’ and no mere ‘conspiracy theory.’ Their point of view is not presented but dismissed out of hand. The article goes downhill from there, serving essentially as a hit piece on Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and the New York Post, with very few actual details about what the allegations even were. More details can be found in a section of the Hunter Biden article—which is something—but even this reads as a blatantly biased brief written by the Biden family’s own lawyers,” Sanger proclaims on his blog.
The entry on Wikipedia reads, “In September 2019, it was reported that Trump had pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate alleged wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Despite the allegations, as of September 2019, no evidence has been produced of any wrongdoing by the Bidens. The media widely interpreted this pressure to investigate the Bidens as trying to hurt Biden’s chances of winning the presidency, resulting in a political scandal and Trump’s impeachment by the House of Representatives.”
“Beginning in 2019, Trump and his allies falsely accused Biden of getting the Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin fired because he was supposedly pursuing an investigation into Burisma Holdings, which employed Hunter Biden. Biden was accused of withholding $1 billion in aid from Ukraine in this effort. In 2015, Biden pressured the Ukrainian parliament to remove Shokin because the United States, the European Union and other international organizations considered Shokin corrupt and ineffective, and in particular because Shokin was not assertively investigating Burisma. The withholding of the $1 billion in aid was part of this official policy,” the entry disingenuously states.
Sanger pointed out on his blog that the passage doesn’t include any reference to Hunter Biden receiving $600,000 a year for serving on the board of Burisma from 2014 to 2019. Biden had no experience whatsoever in the energy sector when he was appointed to the board and that was not mentioned either. Neither was Hunter Biden’s laptop.
For a time, the laptop story was also blocked on both Twitter and Facebook. Users were not allowed to view anything connected to it in a brazen form of censorship.
Sanger remarked that many Republicans use Wikipedia and want to bring balance to the platform by entering information concerning Joe Biden and his son. But Wikipedia won’t allow it.
“There are a lot of people who would be highly motivated to go in and make the article more politically neutral but they’re not allowed to,” Sanger stated. “It’s quite remarkable considering that the neutrality policy is still in place.”
He added: “If only one version of the facts is allowed then that gives a huge incentive to wealthy and powerful people to seize control of things like Wikipedia in order to shore up their power. And they do that.”
Sanger compared Wikipedia to other media entities and posits that it “seems to assume…that there is only one legitimate defensible version of the truth on any controversial question. Of course, that’s not how Wikipedia used to be.”
“Wikipedia, like many other deeply biased institutions of our brave new digital world, has made itself into a kind of thought police that has de facto shackled conservative viewpoints with which they disagree. Democracy cannot thrive under such conditions: I maintain that Wikipedia has become an opponent of vigorous democracy,” Sanger bluntly stated.
Few seem to trust Wikipedia these days:
I don’t trust it and not using it much because anyone can edit??
— David Carter (@richboss_uk) July 16, 2021
I don’t think anyone trusts Wikipedia to begin with.
— Amra S. (@bitchplease_88) July 16, 2021
Finally, someone called it.
— 🇺🇸 Athea Walker 🇺🇸 (@AtheaWalker) July 16, 2021
yeah, we knew…
— Elija (@Elija62824773) July 16, 2021
Regardless, it’s full of mis information even on military and historical aspects!
— Brit & Co’wealth Military 🇬🇧 🇲🇾 🇳🇿🇨🇦🇦🇺 (@BritComMil) July 16, 2021
The useful idiots are going to render it useless, the clock is ticking.
— Wayland (@ChalybeateSpa) July 16, 2021
Leftists create their own history.
— 🚡.atom (@cryptometal6) July 16, 2021
Wikipedia hasn’t been trustworthy decades, that was taught when I was in HS. Seriously what mush brained crayon munchers still thought it was reliable?
— Charly (@chuck_F_1990) July 16, 2021
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