There is a major reason why reputable institutions of higher learning do not allow students to utilize Wikipedia for their research papers: It’s not just unreliable and often incorrect, its entries are full of left-wing political bias.
Case in point: The manner in which the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building was described.
After the January 6 Capitol riot, Wikipedia editors distorted the facts of the event and even categorized it as a “coup” despite objections. Editors have also misrepresented the fraud allegations surrounding the 2020 election and supporting evidence in order to discredit them. Several editors have even been banned due to comments criticizing Wikipedia’s bias on each subject.
Many Wikipedia editors have also pushed for other inflammatory characterizations of Trump’s election challenges and the Capitol protests and riot, though the worst characterizations have generally not been presented as fact due to intensely divided discussions.
Initially, the outlet reports, Wikipedia editors described President Donald Trump’s rally that day as “protests,” but then changed that to this title, “2021 Storming of the United States Capitol.” One of the contributors to the entry labeled the riot a “coup d’état attempt,” which, of course, is not just wrong but ridiculously so.
Then again, most mainstream media outlets are also pushing a narrative: They describe the protests and riot on Jan. 6 as an “insurrection,” which is also patently false.
These purposeful mischaracterizations are dangerous, however, because they amount to gaslighting an already tense, divisive country. And yet, they are also occurring more frequently in the Biden era.
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