Wikipedia Lies, Slander Continue
"Joseph Francis Farah is an Evangelical Christian American journalist and noted homosexual of Lebanese and Syrian heritage." — the first line of my bio in Wikipedia
The Internet has brought the world some wonderful sources of information. And it has brought us some perfectly dreadful sources of misinformation.
Wikipedia falls into the latter category. And this column is my latest effort to demonstrate just how abusive this so-called "online collaborative encyclopedia" really is. It is not only a provider of inaccuracy and bias; it is also the wholesale purveyor of lies and slander unlike any other the world has ever known.
(Note: Within an hour of the posting of this column on World Net Daily, Wikipedia pulled the defamatory accusation that Farah is "a noted homosexual" from its bio. Later, most of the bio was pulled. However, the cached version still remains.)
Think about it. Wikipedia boasts 684 million annual visitors. I can't think of too many sources of information that attract that much attention.
And that's really the problem — that too many people looking for easy and cheap sources of information turn to this wholly unreliable website run by political and social activists promoting their own agenda.
This is hardly the first time Wikipedia has slimed me.
A couple years ago, the "editors" there claimed I had an affair with a prominent female syndicated columnist. Now they characterize me as a "noted homosexual." Neither one of these accusations has any basis in truth, of course. But you can see just how confused they are over there: Am I a heterosexual philanderer or am I a noted homosexual?
Which is it? It turns out they're both untrue — as is most of the rest of my bio. And I doubt very much if I am the only victim of this kind of pseudo-journalistic terrorism and character assassination.
Wikipedia claims "anyone" can edit its information. But, in the past, try as I might, the defamations kept coming back. I was even told I was not a reliable source of information about me. Others apparently knew me better, according to the Wikipedia gatekeepers.
I actually had to threaten a libel suit against Wikipedia to get the site to remove the previous attempt at defamation.
Am I just bellyaching because I'm a victim?
No. There's a much bigger point to be made here. If ever there were a website to avoid at all costs, it's Wikipedia. No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
How low does Wikipedia go?
— How about intellectually rationalizing displays of child pornography? You can actually join the forum over at Wikipedia where the subject is debated openly, even while an FBI investigation continues.
— Wikipedia has been characterized as an unreliable source by teachers.
— It has been denounced by authors and editors.
— Librarians have deemed it more dangerous than crack cocaine.
— Researchers have pointed out how it is subject to manipulation, especially by government.
But still it is used. Still it is cited. Still it grows like a monster each and every day.
Today I am enlisting you in a dragon-slaying mission. I can't kill this beast alone. But with your help and the help of other people of goodwill and good conscience, we can defang this monstrosity. Help me get the word out.
After all, here's what Wikipedia says about itself: "Because Wikipedia is an ongoing work to which, in principle, anybody can contribute, it differs from a paper-based reference source in important ways. In particular, older articles tend to be more comprehensive and balanced, while newer articles more frequently contain significant misinformation, unencyclopedic content or vandalism. Users need to be aware of this to obtain valid information and avoid misinformation that has been recently added and not yet removed Ö" (emphasis added)
These damning words are found in Wikipedia's own "About Wikipedia" section. I didn't make them. The founder of Wikipedia did as they tried to put the best face on what they do. In other words, Wikipedia, by its own definition, is little more than an electronic graffiti board under the control of high-tech Crips and Bloods.
Joseph Farah's newest book, "None of the Above: Why 2008 Is the Year To Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote," is available now. To find out more about Joseph Farah and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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