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Accusation of bias, misreported death, and more
Andy Martin, an American journalist and political candidate known for his role in the Barack Obama Muslim rumor and the conspiracy theories about Obama's citizenship, has issued a press release outlining his contention that Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation "are controlled and manipulated by protosocialists as anti-conservative, anti-Republican and anti-Obama opponent smear operations." According to the press release, Martin is suing the Wikimedia Foundation for fraud because of its tax-exempt status.
"No one could characterize the Wikipedia entry on my extraordinary life of public service and personal sacrifice as ‘neutral and impartial", says Martin. Part of what prompted Martin to sue may have been the previous versions of his article, which as of the press release described him in the lead as a "vexatious litigant".
Journalist incorrectly listed as dead on Wikipedia
The article for Alexander Chancellor, a technology journalist who writes for The Guardian, was anonymously edited to indicate that Chancellor had died. Chancellor sets the record straight in the column "Wikipedia says I'm dead - well, that's news to me".
Wikipedia launch rated number 5 web moment
The Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson released a list of his top 10 web moments of this decade. Coming in at number 5 was the launch of Wikipedia, which "proved ... the potential to harvest the Web for massive, nonprofessional collaboration". Other items on the list include the creation of Twitter and of Craigslist.