The dangers of Wikipedia


NYTimes.com reminds us that Wikipedia is not an infallible source of information. John Seigenthaler, Sr., a former editor of The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and an assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, found an entry for himself in Wikipedia and discovered to his horror that his biography included the false fact that he was involved in the assassination of both John and Robert Kennedy, though had escaped prosecution because nothing was ever proven. Seigenthaler had become so friendly with Robert Kennedy that he was a pall bearer at his funeral, so he was obviously shaken to have read this. Worse, this information was found verbatim on both answers.com and reference.com, which apparently copy information from Wikipedia without checking facts first. Daily Gadget The dangers of Wikipedia

Linked by shanmuga Sunday, 4th December 2005 10:58PM