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Thread #86832   Message #1617843
Posted By: CarolC
01-Dec-05 - 01:13 AM
Thread Name: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
Subject: RE: Wow! Read This About Wikipedia
While I agree that people should be held accountable for slander and libel in all contexts, I don't think Wikipedia is necessarily any more prone to this problem than, for instance, the mainstream news sources.

Remember Richard Jewel? He was the guy the mainstream news media glommed onto as the main suspect of the bombing at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1990s. Richard Jewel's life was destroyed by the irresponsible "journalism" that pretty much all of the news outlets engaged in like sharks in a feeding frenzy. And every few months they glom onto someone else to completely destroy, whether that person deserves it or not. Are the media outlets who do these things ever held responsible? Sometimes yes... most of the time not. Wikipedia has at least posted a compassionate response to the libelous claims made about Mr. Seigenthaler. And they have done it conspicuously so anyone who reads the page on Mr. Seigenthaler will have the benefit of knowing what happened and what was wrong about what happened.

Most of the people against whom the mainstream media commits character assasination and other kinds of slander and libel never even get that much from the people who have caused them so much damage.

I agree that Wikipedia is not the final word on anything, but I don't think they're any more prone to this kind of destructive activity than any of the mainstream media.