When looking at Wikipedia, you may have assumed that it is an independent child of the internet age, run by a small army of volunteers committed to spreading truthful and independent information. This may be so – except when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion dollar investment business with pharmaceutical drugs.
How the facts aren't welcome on Wikipedia when you challenge the interests of the multi-billion dollar drug industry
Between February 2008 and April 2009, aided by some willing assistants, we attempted to correct some of the key factual errors and blatantly biased statements in the Wikipedia article on Dr. Rath. It proved to be an eye-opening experience.
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Introducing ‘Keepcalmandcarryon’: Is he a “friend” of the ARV-promoting South African "brown shirts", the Treatment Action Campaign?
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Wikipedia: Free access to the sum of all human knowledge, or just another way of supporting the scientific, political and social status quo?
By effectively forcing its editors to rely on medical journals, books published by "respected publishing houses" and mainstream newspapers for their references, the reality is that much of Wikipedia's healthcare-related content is essentially just supporting the same pro-pharmaceutical and corporatist ideologies as are pumped out on a daily basis through the world's Big Media and publishing outlets.
The Soros Connection
One of the most notable of the Wikimedia Foundation’s supporters is the so-called “Open Society Institute”, founded by the chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC, George Soros.
Any embarrassment Jimmy Wales might feel when asked about his controversial attempts to rewrite the past and paint himself as the sole founder of Wikipedia must surely pale away into insignificance compared to the public humiliation he suffered in 2008 following the breakup of his liaison with onetime Fox News pundit Rachel Marsden.
After using Wikipedia to announce his break-up with Marsden, Wales’ reputation for financial probity was publicly called into question by blog postings from ex-Wikimedia Foundation employee Danny Wool and others, who alleged that Wales had been improperly using the organization’s funds for his own lavish recreation.
Apparently, whilst the Wikimedia Foundation’s well-meaning donors were being led to believe that their hard-earned cash was being spent paying for servers, hosting and bandwidth, Wales was reportedly submitting expense claims that included a visit to a massage parlour in Moscow and $650 he spent on two bottles of wine in Florida.
No stranger to controversy herself, meanwhile, Rachel Marsden has been described by the technology entrepreneur Ian Bell as being “just slightly right-of-Hitler”. A Canadian by birth, Marsden is infamous for her boasts that she has participated in meetings with, and provided strategy feedback to, ex-George W. Bush chief advisor Karl Rove – a man who, along with other key players in the Bush administration, is responsible for mass human suffering and deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, torture, the suppression of civil liberties and more.
Hopefully, therefore, it wasn’t her politics that attracted Wales to this lady.
But we digress.
In a revealing email quoted in March 2008 in the USA Today newspaper, Florence Nibart-Devouard, at that time the chair of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board, notably described Wales as someone who is "constantly trying to rewrite the past".
Whilst we feel that Florence may not have been wrong, we suspect that she perhaps forgot to mention some of the other things that Wales has also seemingly been having rewritten.
Or don’t Wikipedia’s rules apply to Jimmy Wales? Given the mounting evidence that the facts aren’t welcome on Wikipedia, we can only assume not.
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