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Wikipedia Whitewashes Obama

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Posted on March 11 2009 3:14 am
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This post was written by Claude Cartaginese.

The online reference source, Wikipedia, has abandoned any pretense of seeking to be an objective and comprehensive source of information about its political sacred cows, most notably Barack Obama. Indeed Wikipedia has transformed Obama’s profile into a glowing hagiography that is all but stripped of any controversial or unflattering information about the President. In this regard, it is reminiscent of what Thomas Bowdler did in 1818, when he published an edition of Shakespeare that he felt was a vast improvement upon the original. You see, Bowdler was uncomfortable with many of Shakespeare’s coarser references, so he cut and edited and eventually came out with a “family” version of Shakespeare which was an emasculated facsimile of the original. To this day, to remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable in someone else’s work is known as “bowdlerizing.”

Wikipedia, which proudly claims to be written and edited entirely by its own users, has taken bowdlerizing to the next level when it comes to the background and past associations of Barack Obama.

Removed from Obama’s Wikipedia profile, for example, are references to any questions that have been raised about Obama’s eligibility for office as a native-born American. His 20-year association with the racist demagogue Jeremiah Wright has been stripped down to a single sentence. No longer mentioned are his affiliations with America-hating Marxist terrorists like the former Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who literally helped launch Obama’s political career in Chicago. Nor is there any mention of Obama’s Muslim upbringing. No mention of the radical voter-fraud organization ACORN. No mention of Saul Alinsky, the Chicago Marxist whose political tactics of confrontation and infiltration had a profound influence on Obama.In short, Wikipedia has taken on the role of Guardian of the Presidential Reputation. Anything which its army of “volunteers” determine to be harmful to Mr. Obama’s holy aura is promptly deleted, and the authors of the offending information are blocked from re-posting. Some entries were actually removed within two minutes of posting!

 

According to an article in WorldNetDaily, “the entire Wikipedia entry on Obama seems to be heavily promotional toward the U.S. president. It contains nearly no criticism or controversy, including appropriate mention of important issues where relevant.”

This from an encyclopedia?

Contrast this to the far more factual, far more complete entry on the President here, at DiscoverTheNetworks. The Wikipedia version pales in comparison and will leave you as confused as the readers of Bowdler were in 1818, when they no longer recognized Shakespeare.

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