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Wikipedia Has Been Promoted as the Cure to Fake News Based on Advice from Clinton-Linked PR Firm

Since Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 presidential election victory, Wikipedia editors have been gradually purging conservative media from the site claiming to fight “fake news” and leading to the recent suppression of the New York Post’s Biden corruption revelations. The Wikimedia Foundation, which owns the site, has leaned into these efforts to tout Wikipedia’s reliability, which has been echoed by mainstream media. This messaging followed a strategy recommended to the Wikimedia Foundation in 2016 by Minassian Media, a firm run by the Clinton Foundation’s Head of Communications.

OSLO, NORWAY - MARCH 08: Hillary Clinton attends the Gender Equality Conference at BI Business School on March 8, 2019 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Rune Hellestad/Getty Images)

Wikipedia Editors Have Been Purging Conservative Media Since Trump’s Election

Silicon Valley has repeatedly proclaimed that Wikipedia is the best way to deal with “fake news” on their platforms. Co-founder Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Foundation that owns the site have touted its sourcing policies in agreement and been amplified by establishment media. Yet just as Big Tech suppressed prominent conservative media following President Donald Trump’s election, most recently censoring New York Post revelations regarding alleged Biden family corruption, Wikipedia’s community of editors has done the same by slowly purging conservative outlets from use as sources.

Joe Biden at a GOTV Event with Senator Kamala Harris at Renaissance High School - Detroit, MI - March 9, 2020

Verifiability, Not Truth: How Wikipedia Buries Stories Like the Biden Corruption Scandal

The foundation that owns Wikipedia and its co-founder Jimmy Wales bill the online encyclopedia as the solution to Silicon Valley’s alleged problems with “fake news” due to the site’s sourcing standards and neutrality policy. Corporate media have echoed their narrative in touting the online encyclopedia.  Yet thanks to skewed policies, the site is itself a huge source of partisan opinion and fake news masquerading as fact, leading to incidents such as editors censoring recent revelations regarding the alleged corruption of the Biden family.

Joe Biden Primary Night Event at the University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC - February 29, 2020

Watch: Hecklers During Live Shot Shout ‘CNN Is Fake News!’

Immediately following President Donald Trump’s announcement that U.S. Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett was his pick to fill the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, CNN’s live coverage anchored by Wolf Blitzer went to network Supreme Court reporter Ariane de Vogue, who was on the scene in front of the Supreme Court.

CNN's Ariane de Vogue

Where Fake News Is Born: How Wikipedia Spreads Hoaxes

As Big Tech suppresses conservative views in the name of fighting “fake news,” tech titans like Google and Facebook turn to Wikipedia to provide another “fix” to the problem. Despite messaging from Wikipedia’s owners encouraging this trend, over the years Wikipedia and its sister sites have pushed hoaxes and false information into the media and academia.

Turkish officials say Wikipedia failed to remove content deemed to be false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups