Do you know what Hillary Clinton and Wikipedia have in
common? I do. They're both waging wars of words against Russia. You can hear it
in Clinton's public comments and you can see it in the articles of Wikipedia.
The message is clear. It seems the goal is to get Russia and its president no
matter what the facts.
But there's even a more sinisterly suspicious connection between Clinton and Wikipedia.
What is it? Before I reveal that, let's first examine some of the commonality they share in the wars of words.
Many media reports claim Hillary once said that Vladimir Putin "doesn't have a soul." She is also widely quoted comparing Putin with Hitler. HuffPost Alberta reported she said, "Vladimir Putin cherishes a vision of a greater Russia. His goal is to re-Sovietize Russia."
My hunch is that Hillary was just mouthing off with scurrilous allegations on things she really knows nothing about.
Meanwhile, Wikipedia has plenty of equally scurrilous assertions. For example, it quotes British historian Max Hastings describing Putin as "Stalin's spiritual heir." Then there's also the allegation that Putin is a pedophile, and lots more.
Here's an example I found while writing my book Ukraine in the Crosshairs. One Wiki article states, "The Ukrainian government released photos of soldiers in eastern Ukraine, which the US State Department said showed that some of the fighters were Russian special forces." Wikipedia references a CNN story.
But CNN was presenting evidence that has been widely discredited. The New York Times had fallen for that same fabricated evidence. Later it humiliatingly had to retract its own front-page story on the subject. Nevertheless, Wikipedia continues to present its fallacious article as though it were factual. Wikipedia's use of "reliable sources" really just amounts to a case of pseudo-objectivity. It may fool the apathetic reader, but it doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny.
I first discovered reason to suspect Wikipedia's political agenda while researching an article for Editors Only, a monthly I publish for online and print publication editors. The article's theme was to be "audience-generated content." And since Wikipedia is a conspicuous example of such, I invited its representative to share some information on Wikipedia's experience with audience-generated content. I wrote to the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that hosts Wikipedia and raises funds for it.
The response I got said, "Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate your request due to current time constraints." It was signed by "Dasha Burns, On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation."
So I had written to Wikimedia but received a response not from the organization, but by somebody answering on its behalf. I checked the domain name in Burns' email address. It is "minassianmedia.com."
Still curious, I googled the company name. That brought me to a website of The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. In a report, it identified the president of Minassian Media as Craig Minassian.