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Is Wikipedia stealing the news? Part 2 of 2 — A special edition of Ghost in the Machine series, Part 8

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • In Part 2, we continue unraveling the history of how Wikipedia — a self-declared unreliable source — has morphed into one of the most relied-upon sources for quality assessment of other authors and media, and is being used as a creative tool in the censorship movement
  • One of the primary factors that come into play when determining the credibility of an author is to check his or her credentials, affiliations and previous writings and many use Wikipedia for this
  • Wikipedia articles are created and edited by anonymous individuals — some of whom have extreme, yet undeclared and nontransparent biases
  • Despite its unreliability, Google, the largest monopoly in the world, promotes Wikipedia as an authority for every possible type of information by listing them first in search results
  • Google, Facebook and YouTube also rely on Wikipedia — none of whose anonymous authors have any verifiable credibility — as a primary tool for establishing credibility of online material and authors
  • Encyclopedia Britannica has a long history of being a trusted resource, but Wikipedia — currently the most relied-upon online encyclopedia — is anything but. Like a Trojan Horse, Wikipedia has maneuvered its way into a position of power, allowing anonymous contributors, skeptics and corporate PR pushers to manipulate readers for their own hidden agenda and gain

For Part 1 of this article, see this link. Here, in Part 2, we continue unraveling the history of how Wikipedia — a self-declared unreliable source — has morphed into one of the most relied-upon sources for quality assessment of other authors and media, and is being used as a creative tool in the movement toward totalitarian censorship across the globe.

While it may be tempting to just throw your hands in the air and resign yourself to the fact that true investigative journalism is dead, doing so will ensure the downfall of democracy, and with it freedom of thought and speech. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to refamiliarize yourself with some of the fundamentals of journalism.


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