Skip to comments.Wikipedia Editing War Erupts Over Obama's Connection to Radical Derrick Bell
Posted on 03/10/2012 4:31:56 AM PST by Kaslin
In light of video surfacing this week showing President Barack Obama fully embracing radical Harvard Professor Derrick Bell, the man who said he lived to "harass white folks," an editing war on the Derrick Bell Wikipedia page has erupted. It looks as though editors are arguing about whether or not to even mention Obama's affiliation with Bell, despite evidence showing that the two were closely connected. It also looks like the page was set as "protected" at one point to avoid controversy. Notice the editing war started on the evening of March 7, just after the connect between Bell and Obama was made on Fox News' Hannity and has continued since then.
Some of the highlights from the screen shots below:
"Unprotected Derrick Bell: maybe I erred, maybe there really is trouble here. I'm not sure, but getting involved here is more hassle than it's worth"
"Academic contributions: no need for a lengthy quote from a harshly critical opinion piece"
"Relationship to President Barack Obama: rm unsourced and false. the entire video has been on pbs.org for years."
"Relationship to President Barack Obama"
"Removed dubious from Obama video reference. Nothing dubious about it"
Good going! (With fond memories of Yokohama)...
---"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life" --
same judge had a ruling overturned , involving white fire fighters with high test scores passed over for jobs, race was a factor
It’s called Selective Reporting in Journalese...
Can we, the public, sue?
Death by a thousand cuts.
Couldn't agree more. This is why the demise of the printed word and the reliance upon books in electronic form makes me cringe. eBooks and YouTube can be wonderful things, but they are also powerful propaganda tools.
I've been trying to persuade my adult children to read or watch 1984, at least where they understand what Winston Smith did at work: he rewrote history to suit the ruling-class party agenda.
I am trying to get them to see that this is EXACTLY what's happening today, and they need to break away from the comfortable feeling that we had as kids -- the "It can't happen here" attitude that assumed that America will always be a just and honest America that defeats the evils of the world and remains true. It CAN happen here and it is happening before our very eyes. We ignore it at our peril.
There will always be spin and there will always be differences of opinion and conflicting interpretations. But we mustn't become comfortable and tolerant of those who willfully change history. We have to point it out when we see it and hold the perpetrators feet to the fire.
Yup -- that's precisely what I was writing about when you posted this! It's a terrifying scene that's coming true right before our very eyes.
Speaking of the movie, I've seen two versions and prefer the one made in the 50s with Edmund O'Brien, despite its flaws and deviations from Orwell's novel. The one made later, with Richard Burton, puts me to sleep every time! It's dismal & dreary -- logical, because of the subject matter, but it still makes me nod off...
Don't know if it's coincidence or not, but neither version is all that easy to find. You can stream the newer one on Netflix, but they don't have it on DVD. The older one is even harder to get. I stumbled across a copy at a comic book convention last month.
Oh, please do as you say!
Unfortunately, I can only read the English and Spanish versions...oh multilingualed one!
Did you see this?
"The Vetting: Obama's Supreme Court and Critical Race Theory"
Thanks Kaslin. Astroturf / Partisan shills ping.
Congratulations, Andrew Breitbart! You really hit a nerve with this one.
Nothing to see here, just a cabal of liberals frantically filling in the new potholes in their road to the Socialist Utopia.
I got a Kindle as a gift a year ago. I’m sure it would be convenient, but I can’t bring myself to pay for a book that, in the physical sense, I can’t keep, underline, pass around. I like to keep them in my library to share with my future gkids. A few years ago, 1984 was removed from peoples Kindles ‘in the middle of the night’...
You’d think there would be a “controversies” section under these controversial figures’ entries, so that Wikipedia does not have to come down on one side or the other of a politically polarized dispute, but lets the reader decide what references are reliable.
Interesting. I wonder if it was a copyright issue or someone's idea of a 'preemptive strike', lest more people read it and recognize that we're rushing headlong into the direction depicted in the book?
I used to have a paperback copy from back when I first read it, but lost track of it decades ago. Not long ago, I found a free PDF version on the 'net, and I can read it on either my Kindle or a computer.
1984 indeed. George Orwell’s trouble wasn’t that he wrote fiction, but that he wrote the truth before it happened.
Isn’t the problem with this strategy that every wiki page has an “owner” who gets “notified” every time there is a change to a page? Presumably that owner *can* read Japanese and if they disagree with your comments they’ll be edited right out, regardless of how many others can or can’t read Japanese.