Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin has long considered himself a target of the left in an attempt to silence his outspoken views on the Constitution, politics, and society in general.
In the apparent pursuit of that goal, a recent in-depth review of edits made to his Wikipedia page reveals an effort to transform the otherwise neutral source of biographical information into a collection of personal attacks, as reported by Breitbart.
An apparently consistent effort to revamp the page began in 2009 in response to his sharp critiques of then-President Barack Obama.
By 2017, Levin had become one of the media figures accusing the Obama administration of spying on Donald Trump during the previous year’s election — and efforts to smear his reputation on Wikipedia reportedly ramped up considerably.
While dozens of citations reflecting negatively on Levin were submitted, very few were removed, Breitbart found.
The report further noted that a number of positive edits were either rejected or, if permitted, immediately countered by something negative.
Long before the most recent report, Levin had sounded the alarm regarding what he called a “definite left-wing slant” evident on his page in particular and on Wikipedia as a whole.
“Wikipedia is absolutely unreliable,” he said during a segment of his program in January 2018. “You want to avoid Wikipedia like the plague.”
“Smears, lies, and spin”
Breitbart provided several examples of misleading edits or out-of-context additions to Levin’s page over the past few years with the apparent intent to smear the conservative pundit. The majority of these changes reportedly came from just two editors who seem to have made it their mission to criticize him on the public forum.
Levin reacted to the report, thanking Breitbart for its role in exposing the apparent bias on display among Wikipedia editors.
1. WIKIPEDIA’S CHARACTER ASSASINATION
I am deeply appreciative of T.D. Adler and Brietbart for spending a great deal of time analyzing Wikipedia’s years’ long smears, lies, and spin campaign against my character and career. Thank you!
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 14, 2020
Levin’s case is probably not unique, which lends new importance to his 2018 call “avoid Wikipedia like the plague.” At the very least, consider the source and research any questionable claims found on the site.