Fox News Caught Hacking Wikipedia Entries, "Conservatizing" Them

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It's amusing that media like Fox News routinely make fun of Wiki as being an unreliable source of information. Now we know why: People at Fox have been systematically hacking entries in Wiki and removing/distorting facts.

This time they've been caught red-handed, with their pants down, thanks to Wikipedia's "liberally-biased" system that tracks all changes to the system and where they came from.

With the help of a new tool written by Virgil Griffith, Wikiscanner, allows the analysis of changes to Wikipedia by IP address. And the folks at O'Reilly (the tech publisher, not the Fox News analyst who likes to put vibrators up his butt and sexually harass co-workers before settling out of court with them), have discovered a rash of Wikipedia vandalism perpetrated by none-other than people in the offices of FOX NEWS!

One main IP responsible for lots of anti-liberal creative editing of Wikipedia is the address of: Where is this computer?

OrgID: FNC-21
StateProv: DC
PostalCode: 20001
Country: US
NetRange: -

Well, what do you know?

It turns out the boys at Fox News have been making sure Wikipedia entries for everyone from Keith Olbermann to Al Franken remain "Fair and Balanced" by making modifications like calling NPR (National Public Radio) "liberal" and removing any facts that make Fox look bad.

More Fox Hijinx:

List of changes to Wiki perpetrated by at least one Fox IP

Also here's a list of list of Government IP addresses and Wiki vandalism within the DOJ


Posted by ueberbill on 2007-08-15 14:12:03
I like where they added a typo to a wiki entry about media matters:

Find more!
Posted by wizeGurl on 2007-08-15 16:59:03
You can go here to see what kinds of edits can be traced back to interesting groups, including Diebold; Wal-Mart; ExxonMobil; The New York Times; Al Jazeera, Bob Jones University; Pfizer; and the Vatican.

If you find anything juicy, don't forget to share the results here.
Trust Headlines (sort of), nothing more
Posted by Werewere on 2007-08-19 22:28:40
Trust their headlines (sort of), and take everything else with a grain of salt.


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