Anybody who has used the editable online encyclopedia Wikipedia knows that it has become a wholly unreliable source of information full of leftist, biased assertions while typically lacking in counter-narratives, opposing points of view, or even context critical for a full understanding of a given topic or individual.
As such, one of the co-founders of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, has now apologized to the world and expressed his embarrassment for the biased, tech monstrosity he helped create 20 years ago, Fox News reported.
“I’m embarrassed, to be quite honest”
During an interview Thursday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Sanger called out the “Wikipedia game” being played by biased and partisan editors that constantly change and shape articles on the site to conform to a left-leaning point of view.
“What results is basically that establishment views are the ones that you find pushed, and they have completely abandoned the neutral point of view” that he had in mind when he created the site, Sanger explained.
The creator, who helped found the site in 2001 with collaborator Jimmy Wales, exited his own creation about a decade later and has since become a fierce critic of what the site has evolved — or devolved — into. Sanger further lamented that it was unlikely that Wikipedia could ever be fixed and suggested instead that a new online encyclopedia, more firmly committed to the principle of neutrality, needs to be created.
“I’m embarrassed, to be quite honest, and I’ve said so for a long time. I’ve been a leading critic of Wikipedia for over a decade now,” Sanger said. “I’ve been trying various things to try to improve on it and I’m sorry to all the people whose reputations have been sullied by what I got started 20 years ago.”
According to a separate report from Fox, what Sanger told Carlson echoed what he said a day earlier in an interview with LockdownTV’s Freddie Sayers, during which he lambasted Wikipedia as being little more than a host for liberal “propaganda” in current times.
“You can trust it to give a reliably establishment point of view on pretty much everything. Can you trust it always to give you the truth? Well, it depends on what you think the truth is,” Sanger said. He proceeded to claim, “Wikipedia is known, now, by everyone to have a lot of influence in the world … so there is a very big, nasty, complex game being played behind the scenes to make the articles say what somebody wants them to say.”
As an example, he pointed to the Wikipedia article on President Joe Biden that was clearly written from a Democratic point of view and scarcely mentioned any of the multitudes of Republican concerns about him, with the few that were mentioned being written in a dismissive tone.
Wikipedia is “badly biased”
As he noted, Sanger’s critique of what Wikipedia has become is nothing new, and he published an excoriating blog post in May 2020 detailing how “badly biased” the website has become.
He provided numerous examples — such as former President Barack Obama’s Wiki page being virtually “scandal”-free, or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “glowing” article, compared to the excessively “negative” article about former President Donald Trump — on not just politicians but also political issues, religions and religious figures, and even seemingly objective science-related topics.
In the end, he proclaimed his original policy of neutrality for the site to be completely dead and buried, with no hope of being resurrected by Wikipedia itself, and reiterated his call for a competitive replacement that would be a fact-based, opinion-free collection of knowledge — essentially what he had intended for Wikipedia.