Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that can be edited by users, constantly advertises itself as independent and non-partisan in its constant fundraising appeals begging for money to supposedly keep free information available in the digital age.
But a recent Tweet from founder Jimmy Wales deriding President Donald Trump during his visit to the United Kingdom is an indicator that the site’s supposed objectivity may not be what it seems:
I am going to the airport. Leaving the UK today.
I will be back when he leaves.
— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) June 3, 2019
The truth is Wikipedia has relied on misleading fundraising practices that do not represent the true nature of the operation for many years.
One of their fundraising messages tugs at the unsuspecting reader’s heart strings and suggests that they may be one bad donation cycle away from closing up shop forever.
“To protect our independence, we will never run ads. We’re sustained by donations averaging about $15. Only a tiny portion of our readers give,” the fundraiser notice read.
The request concluded: “Your donation supports the only non-profit on the list of the world’s top ten most visited websites. That’s pretty sweet. Please take one minute to keep Wikipedia online and growing.”
But in actuality, Wikipedia is far from independent and not even close to broke. They are sitting on a pile of cash, and their content is tightly controlled by a legion of left-wing activists who edit the database constantly so all information is slanted toward their preferred agenda.
It is no surprise that Wikipedia is so biased in favor of the Left when they receive funding from two of the most powerful left-wing oligarchs in the world, Jeff Bezos and George Soros.
“Alexa leverages hundreds of sources to answer questions, including Wikipedia,” Amazon said in a statement given to TechCrunch after donating $1 million to the non-profit. “The Alexa team shares a similar vision with Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation: To make it easier to share knowledge globally.”
Soros has put a much more substantial donation into Wikipedia than Bezos, and his network is intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the alleged non-profit.
“George’s generous gift to the future of free knowledge is reflective of his deep commitment to supporting openness in all its forms,” said Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, after Soros announced a $2 million donation. “His gift will help us ensure the sum of all knowledge remains free and open for the benefit of generations to come.”
“The Endowment is not just a practical way to support Wikipedia,” Soros said. “My gift represents a commitment to the ideals of open knowledge—and to the long-term importance of free knowledge sources that benefit people around the world.”
It was revealed in 2016 that the Soros-backed Tides Foundation is in charge of the The Wikimedia Endowment, a “permanent safekeeping fund” expected to oversee up to $100 million for the supposed non-profit.
Even the globalist Koch Brothers, who have paid off the Republican Party establishment to support open borders and free trade for decades, have been implicated in manipulating Wikipedia to control the narrative about their various front groups.
Wales’ social media jab against Trump only gives away the obvious. Wikipedia is another Web 2.0 service, like Twitter, Google or Facebook, operating under the guise of free, open information while being tightly controlled by the globalist Left.
Washington Post Op-Ed Writer Asks Why It’s Difficult to “Deprogram Trumpian Conspiracy Theorists”
This “deprogramming” talk is dangerous and it needs to stop.
Professor and Washington Post contributor Brian Klaas recently wrote an op-ed for the paper titled “Why is it so hard to deprogram Trumpist conspriacy theorists?”, speculating that Trump’s base is teeming with “deluded people” who are so out of touch with reality that “reprogramming” them may prove impossible.
The Post published the op-ed Monday. Klaas’ opening paragraph says in part that “for the past four years, the United States was governed by a conspiracy theorist in chief. Whether by retweeting QAnon accounts from the Oval Office or painting himself as the victim of shadowy ‘deep state’ plots at rallies, President Donald Trump injected the toxin of baseless conspiratorial thinking straight into America’s political bloodstream.”
He asserts that the participants of the Capitol storming on January 6 were “insurrectionists” and “conspiracy theorists” and then asks if “we have any hope of deprogramming the millions of Americans who are devoted to dangerous lunacy.”
“Don’t hold your breath,” quipped Klaas, who proceeds to jump into a psychological explanation for why conspiracy theorists believe the things they believe. Part of what makes them so hard to “deprogram,” he says, is an inability for their claims to be falsified, their ever-shifting explanations for why predicted events don’t come to pass, and the social atmosphere of online communities.
Klaas concludes his op-ed as follows: “We can no longer pretend that conspiracy theorists are beneath our attention. They’ve shown they have tremendous capacity to inflict damage on society. Bringing the deluded people who populate Trump’s political base back to reality will be difficult. But to find the right antidote, we need to at least accurately diagnose who has taken the poison. And that means acknowledging that those who sympathize with the Capitol insurrectionists are not far-off lunatics. Some, most likely, are your neighbors.
“And, given the staying power of conspiratorial thinking, they aren’t likely to change their minds anytime soon.”
This is hardly the first time commentators and writers have used “deprogramming” language in recent days. And it reveals a lot about the contempt with which they view Trump supporters. It doesn’t get any more clear that they wish millions of people had their worldviews thoroughly reexamined and minds reprogrammed before they can be considered part of polite society again. That’s extraordinarily dangerous, divisive rhetoric. And it needs to stop.
Did the people who stormed the Capitol do something wrong and did some of them believe in QAnon-type conspiracy theories? Yes and yes. But the left for years has smeared Trump as a dictator and his fervent supporters as fascists; hence they have no moral qualms about lumping together both the Capitol rioters and run-of-the-mill Trump supporters. They essentially think January 2021 is May 1945 and that we all need to be denazified. It’s disturbing and concerning, especially since they’re the ones with all the institutional power.
We’re going to be in for a rough four years, guys.
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