[Air-l] Wikipedia warning -- Wikipedia is not a reliable information source

Ulf-Dietrich Reips ureips at genpsy.unizh.ch
Sun Dec 4 12:31:23 PST 2005


At 20:02 Uhr +0100 4.12.2005, Ken Friedman wrote:
>The Siegenthaler case in the New York Times and USA Today via Yahoo:

I just went to wikipedia and looked up the man named "Siegenthaler" 
Ken mentioned and didn't find an entry, until I noticed from the two 
other sources Ken had posted that the name is actually "Seigenthaler" 

Never trust a single source...

P.S. At the end of the wikipedia entry on Seigenthaler it now reads:
"Between May and September 2005, a biographical article on 
Seigenthaler carried by the encyclopedia Wikipedia contained 
incorrect statements to the effect that he might have had some 
involvement in the John F. Kennedy assassination and Robert F. 
Kennedy assassination. The comment, added by an anonymous editor, 
prompted Seigenthaler to write an op-ed in USA Today on November 29, 
2005, in which he stated that "...Wikipedia is a flawed and 
irresponsible research tool...for four months, Wikipedia depicted me 
as a suspected assassin." Seigenthaler said that he had tried to 
determine the identity of the anonymous editor but had been unable to 
do so since "Congress has enabled them and protects them"-a reference 
to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which states "no 
provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated 
as the publisher or speaker."[6]"

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