The ongoing and frightening effort by progressives and Democrats to hide information that might let Americans know what’s going on in their government and nation (or what might be going on) killed another canary in the democracy mine last week.
Coincidentally<cough!>timed with the recent disclosure that Eric Schwerin, Hunter Biden’s business partner, made at least 19 visits to the White House and other official locations between 2009 and 2015 including meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden, Wikipedia editors eliminated its page for Rosemont Seneca Partners, the investment company connected to Hunter’s alleged multimillion dollar influence peddling schemes. The risible explanation for the removal was that the company was “not notable”—you know, like Anne Applebaum’s shrugging off Hunter’s laptop as “uninteresting.” Schwerin was president of the company, and President Biden has repeatedly claimed that he had no involvement with his son’s business dealings.
The Left’s efforts at propaganda and information air-brushing appear to be getting increasingly brazen as the mid-term elections approach, and with them the threat that the Democratic plan to transform America is facing imminent collapse. While their mouthpeices attempt to promote ideological censorship by bemoaning “misinformation” and “disinformation,” the would-be architects of a benign woke dictatorship are also trafficking in de-information, with the sleazy Hunter Biden a primary beneficiary, and, as a consequence, his father as well.
The Wikipedia editor responsible for trying to eliminate the crumbs for any interested American to follow in a quest for the truth had an explanation for his memory-holing of Rosemont Seneca: “This organization is only mentioned in connection with its famous founders, Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz.” He added that leaving it on the page would make the reference “a magnet for conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden.” The same disingenuous logic could have been used to remove any reference to Watergate before the metaphorical dam broke regarding the Nixon Administration’s activities around the 1972 election.
The job of Wikipedia is to make information available, not attempt to manipulate how people might use it.
Professor Turley neatly states how obviously unethical the latest effort to muddy the looming Biden scandal:
The bias in the reference to the “conspiracy theories” is glaring….the central role of the company in these dealings is no conspiracy theory. I have long criticized Hunter Biden and his uncle for engaging in raw influence peddling — a practice long associated with the Biden family….
Much like Wikipedia’s explanation this week, [the news media and social media] claimed the Hunter Biden laptop story was merely conspiracy theories and Russian disinformation before the election.
Then, after noting that we are ” approaching the midterm elections and suddenly Wikipedia is killing the page on this key company,” the professor returns to his cautious mode and writes that Wikipedia’s actions are “inexplicable.” He then warns that such conduct will “lose the trust of many.”
First, no one should trust Wikipedia, and no one who has used it often regarding something they know very much about does.
Second, blatantly political actions like removing Rosemont Seneca also gain Wikipedia trust—the trust of the powerful forces attempting to gain power by deceiving the public.
Pointer and Facts: Res Ipsa Loquitur