Editing Hanky Panky At Wikipedia
If you rely on Wikipedia for your science information, you are making a mistake. The only question is about how big it is.
The Wikipedia page is entitled Naomi Oreskes, after a professor of history and science studies at the University of California San Diego, but the page offers only sketchy details about Oreskes. The page is mostly devoted to a notorious 2004 paper that she wrote, and that Science journal published, called “Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change.” This paper analyzed articles in peer-reviewed journals to see if any disagreed with the alarming positions on global warming taken by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “Remarkably, none of the papers disagreed with the consensus position,” Oreskes concluded.
Oreskes’s paper — which claimed to comprehensively examine all articles in a scientific database with the keywords “climate change” — is nonsense.
Lawrence Solomon is in a position to know. He writes for the Financial Post and written 40 columns on scientists who publicly disagree with the alleged consensus on global warming. One of them is Benny Peiser, a “prominent U.K. scientist” and the publication CCNet. “No publication better informs readers about climate-change controversies, and no person is better placed to judge informed dissent on climate change than Benny Peiser.”
So when Solomon edits the entry to add the reference to Peiser with the scientist’s permission, he finds the edits removed. Rinse and repeat, twice.
Nonplused, I investigated. Wikipedia logs all changes. I found mine. And then I found Tabletop’s. Someone called Tabletop was undoing my edits, and, following what I suppose is Wikietiquette, also explained why. “Note that Peiser has retracted this critique and admits that he was wrong!” Tabletop said.
But he hadn’t, and Solomon has written proof. Doesn’t matter, says “Tabletop”.
“We have a reliable source to this. What Peiser has said to *you* is irrelevant.”
So to this pseudonymous Tabletop”, third party sources are better than written verification. Just who is this person, anyway?
Tabletop, it turns out, has another name: Kim Dabelstein Petersen. She (or he?) is an editor at Wikipedia. What does she edit? Reams and reams of global warming pages. I started checking them. In every instance I checked, she defended those warning of catastrophe and deprecated those who believe the science is not settled. I investigated further. Others had tried to correct her interpretations and had the same experience as I — no sooner did they make their corrections than she pounced, preventing Wikipedia readers from reading anyone’s views but her own. When they protested plaintively, she wore them down and snuffed them out.
By patrolling Wikipedia pages and ensuring that her spin reigns supreme over all climate change pages, she has made of Wikipedia a propaganda vehicle for global warming alarmists.
She’s not doing that job alone.
H/T to Instapundit for the link.