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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The founder of a conservative online newspaper has learned the hard way why not to trust Wikipedia: He looked up his own name.
“(Wikipedia) is not only a provider of inaccuracy and bias,” Joseph Farah, the CEO and editor-in-chief of WorldNetDaily (WND), wrote last Thursday.
“It is a wholesale purveyor of lies and slander unlike any other the world has ever known.”
Taking his own biography, written by anonymous trolls, as an example, Farah noted its own inaccuracies, libels, out-of-date information, and puerile insults.
“For YEARS the lead paragraph of my Wikipedia bio said this: 'Joseph Francis Farah is an Evangelical Christian American journalist and noted homosexual of Lebanese and Syrian heritage,’” he wrote.
Farah is married to WND’s co-founder, Elizabeth.
“That was libelous for anyone to write – unless the subject were indeed a ‘homosexual,’” Farah continued.
PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
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Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
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We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
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“But for Wikipedia they dodged that bullet with a defense that ‘volunteers’ created the content on the site. Of course, if I tried to correct it – and I did try – they would reject it. That's the same way Big Tech operates. So Wikipedia was ahead of its time.”
Farah’s Wikipedia bio has also stated, libellously, that he had an affair “with a prominent female syndicated columnist.” It has also referred to him in the past as “white supremacist,” a “closet homosexual,” a “self-hating Arab,” a “Zionist Twit,” “a Jew Loving Pig” and a “religious nutcase.” It referred to WND as “an American independent article and editorial based online tabloid that publishes from a radical right wing point of view.”
“Whatever that means,” quipped Farah.
The WND chief said he had to threaten Wikipedia with a lawsuit to get his biography corrected, and the corrections were soon replaced with more lies “designed to hurt and humiliate.”
“If ever there were a website to avoid at all costs, it's Wikipedia,” Farah averred.
“No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away,” he continued.
“You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.”
As an experiment, LifeSiteNews looked up John-Henry Westen, its own editor-in-chief. He is mentioned in connection with CitizenGO, which Wikipedia called “an ultraconservative advocacy group founded in Madrid, Spain in 2013 by the ultra-Catholic HazteOir organization.” The information about Westen is out of date.
The principal reference to LifeSiteNews on Wikipedia is as a subsection of its entry on Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition. Wikipedia says LifeSiteNews was founded to promote “anti-abortion views” and the material it presents about our organization is couched in negative language, stating that it is “a known purveyor of misleading information,” “anti-LGBT,” “ultraconservative,” “a platform for attacks” on Pope Francis, and the subject of a lawsuit. The entry does not mention that this lawsuit was dropped. Meanwhile, LifeSiteNews has been independent of Campaign Life for more than a decade, so not only is the entry biased and grossly incomplete, it is also out of date.
When consulted, Westen said LifeSiteNews had once applied to have its own entry in the influential online encyclopedia, but that Wikipedia had refused.
“That just shows how ridiculous they are,” Westen said.
He characterized Wikipedia as “a very dangerous entity” because it pretends to be non-partisan while in reality promoting a left-wing agenda “like the rest of Big Tech.” Compounding the problem, there is “a lot of truth mixed in with their lies,” he added, “and it’s a reference point for the world.”
Conservatives have been ringing alarm bells over Wikipedia for years. In 2019, Breitbart senior tech editor Allum Bokhari stated that the platform is “a left-wing cabal” and linked to an article on the subject by the online magazine’s T.D. Adler. Adler pointed out “five of the biggest cases of political bias that gripped the site in 2017.” They included an “anti-Trump editing spree” ordered by a University of California Berkeley instructor; the burial of scandals at CNN; the removal of the Wikipedia sources for fired Google employee James Damore’s famous memo and the addition of remarks defaming Damore; the omission of Antifa’s “violent far-left tendencies”; and a “purge of media sources critical of claims Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.”
Even those who voluntarily add and edit material to Wikipedia have had problems with the encyclopedia’s bias, Adler included.
“Members of Wikipedia have begun raising concerns about bias against conservatives on the site, with Wales appearing interested in examples, but the editing community’s standard response is noting that Wikipedia has mechanisms in place to address incidents of bias,” he wrote.
“Unfortunately, Wikipedia’s mechanisms have proven consistently lopsided in favor of editors supporting left-wing positions. Editors from the left frequently get away with misconduct, while editors defending the right face more frequent and much harsher sanctions.”
Adler was himself banned from the editing team.