Slate: Wikipedia’s Fox News Problem

Slate: Wikipedia’s Fox News Problem. “Casual readers often ignore or skim over Wikipedia’s references, but they play a crucial role in its editorial process. The encyclopedia is a tertiary source, meaning that it aims to summarize the information found in secondary sources like newspapers. (Secondary sources themselves draw from primary sources like interviews.) Because of this pyramid structure, the secondary sources Wikipedia deems acceptable as references have a major influence on its content. If outlets like Fox News are permitted, Wikipedia’s view of the world will look more like Fox’s. Currently, more than 16,000 articles cite Fox News as a source. But its use has been controversial for years.”

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