Wikipedia “moderators” and senior editors are working towards promoting left-leaning organizations and ideals, while suppressing right-leaning organizations and ideals. The staff editors and senior-level volunteer editors are highlighting negative information for Republicans more generally, and deleting or reforming edits that portray liberal ideals in a negative light. Here, I’ll present a few examples.
1. Fox News vs. CNN
Fox News: lead contains (paragraph at the top, what most people form their initial impressions upon):
Fox News has been described as practicing biased reporting in favor of the Republican Party, the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations, and conservative causes while slandering the Democratic Party and spreading harmful propaganda intended to negatively affect its members’ electoral performances. Critics have cited the channel as detrimental to the integrity of news overall. Fox News employees have said that news reporting operates independently of its opinion and commentary programming, and have denied bias in news reporting, while former employees have said that Fox ordered them to “slant the news in favor of conservatives”. During Trump’s presidency, observers have noted a pronounced tendency of Fox News to serve as a “mouthpiece” for the administration, providing “propaganda” and a “feedback loop” for Trump, with one presidential scholar stating, “it’s the closest we’ve come to having state TV.”
CNN: lead contains: The network is known for its dramatic live coverage of breaking news, some of which has drawn criticism as overly sensationalistic, and for its efforts to be nonpartisan, which have led to accusations of false balance. As of September 2018, CNN has 90.1 million television households as subscribers (97.7% of households with cable) in the United States.
Commentary: self explanatory.
2. Fox News vs. MSNBC:
Fox News: lead contains as above.
MSNBC: lead contains: Commentators have described MSNBC as having a bias towards left-leaning politics and the Democratic Party. In November 2007, a New York Times article stated that MSNBC’s prime time lineup is tilting more to the left. Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz, while previously in the same role at The Washington Post, stated that the channel’s evening lineup “has clearly gravitated to the left in recent years and often seems to regard itself as the antithesis of Fox News”.
Commentary: The lead summarizes MSNBC as left-leaning, but does not highlight the numerous reports (en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSNBC_controversies) of purposeful manipulation of reporting. The lead of Fox makes sure to emphasize this. Any attempts and discussions to equally highlight this for the right leaning organization are shot down and silenced.
3. OANN vs. Huffington Post
OANN: lead contains: One America News Network (OANN), also referred to as One America News (OAN), is an American right-wing to radical right wing pay television news channel launched on July 4, 2013, owned by Herring Networks, Inc. The network is headquartered in San Diego, California, and operates a news bureau in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Originally launched with the intention of targeting a conservative and center-right audience, OAN states a goal of delivering credible national and international news coverage throughout the day while its prime time political talk shows illustrate a conservative perspective. The channel is pro-Trump. Both Vanity Fair and The Independent in London have said that the channel promotes falsehoods and conspiracy theories.
Huffington Post: lead contains: HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post and sometimes abbreviated HuffPo) is an American news and opinion website and blog, with localized and international editions. It is edited from a left wingpolitical perspective. It was founded in 2005 by Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. The site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interests, and local news.
In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked No. 1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank, which bases its list on each site’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Competeand Quantcast. By November 2019, the HuffPost’s Alexa ranking had declined to number 533. In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Commentary: Lead for Huffington Post does not highlight numerous controversial reporting, some with obvious fabrication (www.epa.gov/newsreleases/huffington-post-report-filled-biased-and-misleading-claims), whereas equally partisan OANN ensures the lead highlights partisanship and controversy.
These are just a few of the many examples of bias at Wikipedia, (hbr.org/2014/12/wikipedia-is-more-biased-than-britannica-but-dont-blame-the-crowd), it is important to continue to speak up against these people who are at senior positions of any website claimed to be “neutral and nonpartisan”, especially for a website that is supposed to be nonpartisan and neutral in its very core principle.