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Wikipedia Isn’t Trustworthy When It Comes to Political Subjects

WikipediaI hate it when I discover something negative about a reference I use frequently. Such is the case with Wikipedia. I’ve used Wikipedia as a reference for years because I believe it to be as factual as humans can make it. Imagine how upset I was to find out that one page in particular is politically biased. A page only specific people are allowed to edit.

If I can’t trust one political page to be unbiased, how can I trust any of them?

Wikipedia is My Main Source of Information

Perhaps it shouldn’t be, but where else can I go to find detailed information on certain topics? With all its faults, Wikipedia is probably the best place to find it. There is a fork of it available, called Everipedia, but it seems like it’ll be years before it’s just as useful to me.

Wikipedia is connected to Wikimedia Commons, which I use as an image source when I can’t find an appropriate image elsewhere.

The Political Page in Question

The page I found to be politically biased is none other than the page for Donald Trump, the current President of the United States. It’s extremely biased toward left-leaning liberalism. The information mirrors the talking points spouted by the Democrats and the mainstream media. As you can probably tell, I’m nowhere near being liberal in my views about anything.

Although I avoid writing about politics, my head isn’t buried in the sand. I watch news clips every day and I scan the headlines via Google News multiple times a day. I rarely research anything when it comes to specifics on politicians. When I do, it’s usually triggered by something someone says on a mainstream media website. Liberal sources always conflate the meanings of specific figures of speech.

Liberals even create new terms to replace the terms they don’t like. “Undocumented immigrants” instead of “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens” is one replacement. When a term like that is changed, and people accept it, it can make pure nonsense seem like undeniable facts.

Information on Political Subjects Can’t Be Trusted

At least, not on websites where specific editors have the final say about it. Wikipedia may be a good source of information, but not when it comes to politics. Pages on political subjects need to rely specifically on facts, but the one in question doesn’t. I can’t imagine how much bias, leaning in either direction, I would find if I started looking at other political subjects.

I can’t claim to be a conservative, but I can claim not to be a liberal. There are just too many liberal beliefs that conflict with my own. I’m not for or against Donald Trump, but he is the President of the United States and deserves the respect the office affords him. He was duly elected in 2016, and he will probably be reelected in 2020, regardless of what the Democrats do to try to stop it.

The Russian collusion investigations were nonsense and so is the current impeachment. I can only wonder what they’ll try next. Regardless of all that, none of the nonsense deserves more than a couple of paragraphs on a Wikipedia page. Anything more is an insult to our intelligence.

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By RT Cunningham
January 27, 2020
Writing