There is a major reason why reputable institutions of higher learning do not allow students to utilize Wikipedia for their research papers: It’s not just unreliable and often incorrect, its entries are full of left-wing political bias.
Case in point: The manner in which the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building was described.
After the January 6 Capitol riot, Wikipedia editors distorted the facts of the event and even categorized it as a “coup” despite objections. Editors have also misrepresented the fraud allegations surrounding the 2020 election and supporting evidence in order to discredit them. Several editors have even been banned due to comments criticizing Wikipedia’s bias on each subject.
Many Wikipedia editors have also pushed for other inflammatory characterizations of Trump’s election challenges and the Capitol protests and riot, though the worst characterizations have generally not been presented as fact due to intensely divided discussions.
Initially, the outlet reports, Wikipedia editors described President Donald Trump’s rally that day as “protests,” but then changed that to this title, “2021 Storming of the United States Capitol.” One of the contributors to the entry labeled the riot a “coup d’état attempt,” which, of course, is not just wrong but ridiculously so.
Then again, most mainstream media outlets are also pushing a narrative: They describe the protests and riot on Jan. 6 as an “insurrection,” which is also patently false.
These purposeful mischaracterizations are dangerous, however, because they amount to gaslighting an already tense, divisive country. And yet, they are also occurring more frequently in the Biden era.
It’s no secret that his administration and Democrats in Congress are attempting to mischaracterize the Jan. 6 riot for political purposes. Left-wing Democrats would like nothing more than to ride the false narrative into passage of new legislation — something like Patriot Act 2.0 — that would allow them to use the full power and weight of the federal government to go after and persecute Trump supporters by allowing their political dissent to be reframed as domestic terrorism.
It’s true. Consider what Biden’s attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, said on Monday as he was going through his confirmation process in the Senate. Trending Politics’ Kyle Becker notes:
President Biden’s nominee for Attorney General, Merrick Garland, is signaling that the days of politicized Department of Justices are going to continue. While weighing in on threat of domestic terrorism in the United States, Garland clearly made a distinction between right-wing extremism and far-left extremism.
“I certainly agree that we are facing a more dangerous period than we did in Oklahoma City at that time,” Garland reacted to a question on the Capitol riots at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Becker reminded readers that Garland was a principal associate deputy attorney general at the time, led the Justice Department prosecution of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
And while the Capitol riot was preplanned and did include elements of far-right groups, there were also far-left participants involved as well. And yet, Garland downplayed the latter under questioning by Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, himself a former state attorney general.
“Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, D.C., Portland, for instance, Seattle,” Hawley began. “Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal properties, acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism?”
“Well, senator, my own definition, which is about the same as the statutory definition is ‘the use of violence or threats of violence in attempt to disrupt democratic processes,’” Garland said.
“So, an attack on a courthouse while in operation, trying to prevent judges from actually deciding cases that plainly is domestic extremism, domestic terrorism,” he continued. “An attack simply on a government property at night or any other kind of circumstances is a clear crime and a serious one and should be punished. I don’t mean… I don’t know enough about the facts of the example you’re talking about, but that’s where I draw the line. One is… both are criminal, but one is a core attack on our democratic institutions.”
Garland made the distinction that attacking a federal courthouse at night isn’t the same as attacking the Capitol during the day when lawmakers are present — nevermind that left-wing Antifa and BLM riots caused billions in damage, led to deaths and were carried out specifically for political coercion and to affect political outcomes.
As it was under Obama, the Justice Department is about to be politicized under Biden.