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July 14, 2008

Ever wonder how Al Gore, the United Nations, and the media continue to get away with their claim of a "scientific consensus" confirming their doomsday view of global warming?  Look no further than Wikipedia for a stunning example of how the global-warming propaganda machine works, says Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Energy Probe and author of "The Deniers."

In theory, Wikipedia is a "people's encyclopedia" written and edited by the people who read it; so on controversial topics, one might expect to see a broad range of opinion.  But on global warming, Wikipedia offers consensus, Gore-style -- a consensus forged by censorship, intimidation, and deceit.

For instance:

  • Solomon attempted to correct a Wikipedia page on the global warming controversy that contained an untrue statement about British scientist Bennie Peiser.
  • Surprisingly, Solomon's edits were quickly deleted by site managers.
  • Each subsequent time that Solomon tried to make corrections to Wikipedia pages relating to global warming issues, his editions were eliminated.

Turns out that on Wikipedia some folks are more equal than others, says Solomon.  Wikipedia "administrator," William Connolley, a ruthless enforcer of the doomsday consensus, uses his authority to ensure Wikipedia readers see only what he wants them to see.  Any reference, anywhere among Wikipedia's 2.5 million English-language pages, that casts doubt on the consequences of climate change will be bent to Connolley's bidding.

Nor are Wikipedia's ideological biases limited to global warming, says Solomon.  There is no doubt where Wikipedia stands: firmly on the Left.  Try out Wikipedia's entries on say, Roe v. Wade or Intelligent Design, and you will see that Wikipedia is the people's encyclopedia only if those people are not conservatives.

Source: Lawrence Solomon, "Wikipropaganda On Global Warming," CBS News, July 8, 2008.

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