Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hiding the Medieval Warm Period in Wikipedia

If you needed any more reason to avoid Wikipedia as a legitimate source of information, look no farther.

Lawrence Solomon, in the National Post, describes how the Climategate emails reveal a concerted effort by climate cultist William Connolley to obfuscate the truth by hiding the Medieval Warm Period.

Connolley took control of all things climate in the most used information source the world has ever known – Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003, just when opposition to the claims of the band members were beginning to gel, Connolley set to work on the Wikipedia site. He rewrote Wikipedia's articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling. On Feb. 14, he began to erase the Little Ice Age; on Aug.11, the Medieval Warm Period. In October, he turned his attention to the hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the band. Richard Lindzen and Fred Singer, two of the world's most distinguished climate scientists, were among his early targets, followed by others that the band especially hated, such as Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, authorities on the Medieval Warm Period.

All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn't like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley's global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia's blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.

National Review's Edward John Craig described it today as "Wikipedia Thuggery". How appropriate. The climate cultist conspiracy has repeatedly and systematically acted to hide any evidence that disproves their bizarre and unproven theories. The Climategate emails are the gift that keeps on giving to the cause of revealing the truth about these nutjob zealots.

In the process, this episode has shown that Wikipedia has become little more than yet another leftist-infested propaganda machine.

(Read more here).


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