Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Where will the Liberal Bias stop? Dave Pierre, at the rightwing whine, er website Newsbusters, part of the Media Research Center is complaining about the dreaded LB at Wikipedia -- the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. And what has Pierre upset? Wikipedians aren't being nice enough to Bill O'Reilly compared to Rosie O'Donnell!
Take the entry on Bill O'Reilly. Major space in the article is dedicated under the heading "Sexual harassment lawsuits." Major space is devoted to debatable comments that O'Reilly has made on the air over the years. An anti-O'Reilly web site is promoted within the article. Readers can also click on separate entries called "Bill O'Reilly controversies" and "Critics and rivals of Bill O'Reilly." And a fourth article under the heading of The O'Reilly Factor gives critics of the show a prominent voice. (By the way, you'd think an article on The O'Reilly Factor might want to mention the fact that the show has had the largest audience in all of cable news for several years. This fact is buried about a third of the way down in the article on Bill himself.) The Andrea Mackris lawsuit is mentioned in three of the four articles related to Bill O'Reilly. Finally, while the entry on the liberal Rosie O'Donnell devotes an entire section to her charitable causes, no mention is made of the thousands of dollars that billoreilly.com has raised for charity over the years. There's a lot more to this, but I think you get the point.

I can scarcely imagine a more repulsive pair, but if Pierre wants to note O'Reilly's charity work or say bad things (with references from a neutral point of view) about Rosie, he is free to do so.

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