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Elon Musk takes aim at Wikipedia over Twitter Files Investigation

Now Elon Musk takes aim at Wikipedia for thinking about deleting the entry on bombshell Twitter Files Investigation and calls it out for ‘non-trivial left-wing bias’

  • Wikipedia is debating whether to delete an article on the new Twitter Files
  • Editors argued they revealed nothing new and were ignored by media
  • Musk said the discussion showed Wikipedia has a left-wing bias  

Elon Musk has now set his sights on Wikipedia after the online encyclopedia considered removing its entry on the ‘Twitter Files Investigation’.

The billionaire CEO accused the website of showing its ‘non-trivial left-wing bias’ by debating deleting an article about the newly released Twitter files, which show how staff suppressed tweets and stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Documents released on Friday show internal emails at the social media company discussing the removal of tweets about the laptop, and efforts from Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s campaign teams to have tweets removed. 

While some have latched onto the revelations as a sign of political interference just weeks before the 2020 election, others, including the White House, say they haven’t shown anything that wasn’t already known.

Elon Musk has now set his sights on Wikipedia after the online encyclopedia considered removing its entry on the ‘Twitter Files Investigation’

The Wikipedia entry for the investigation now has a note saying it is being ‘considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy’.

On its deletion discussion page, editors brand the Twitter files a ‘nothing burger’ and ‘not notable’.

Musk seized on the debate, saying it shows how Wikipedia, like the mainstream media, has a left-wing bias that is acting against his agenda.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Most of Earth: “The MSM is biased.” Wikipedia: “Cite MSM source to confirm this claim.”

‘Wikipedia has a non-trivial left-wing bias.’

The Tesla owner then tagged the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, asking: ‘What are your thoughts?’

Musk seized on the debate, saying it shows how Wikipedia, like the mainstream media, has a left-wing bias that is acting against his agenda

The Tesla owner then tagged the Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales (pictured), asking: ‘What are your thoughts?’


On its deletion discussion page, editors brand the Twitter files a ‘nothing burger’ and ‘not notable’

What is Wikipedia’s deletion policy? 

Many articles are deleted on Wikipedia, but if there is ever a doubt or a non-consensus, the article normally stays up.

There are 14 main reasons for deletion, which include inflammatory content, copyright, unreliable sources, insufficient notability, and articles unsuitable for an encyclopedia.

On the deletion discussion page for the Twitter files investigation, some argue it is not notable enough because it wasn’t widely covered by the media and others say it has not revealed anything noteworthy.

Wales has not responded to Musk’s accusations.

The row comes after the new Twitter owner fired his general counsel James A. Baker, citing his alleged involvement in suppressing the release of internal documents about the Hunter Biden scandal.

‘In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,’ Musk wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

Musk added that Baker’s explanation of the events surrounding the laptop saga was ‘unconvincing.’ 

Journalist Matt Taibbi, who released the first batch of internal files about the Hunter saga on Friday, claimed that Baker had been fired in part for ‘vetting the first batch of ‘Twitter Files” – without knowledge of new management.’ 

Also on Tuesday, Rep. James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, sent Baker a letter requesting his appearance before the House Oversight Committee next year, when the GOP is set to take control of the House.  

Before joining Twitter, Baker was former FBI general counsel under Director James Comey, and played a key role in the saga surrounding the Bureau’s controversial probe into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

Click here to read how the White House FINALLY broke silence on the Twitter files 

 

Baker’s departure from the social media giant follows the publication last week of internal documents showing him and other executives discussing Twitter’s October 2020 ban on a news report about Hunter’s foreign business deals, based on emails from his abandoned laptop. 

On Friday, Taibbi published the batch of internal documents, calling them the ‘Twitter Files,” which included an exchange between Baker and former VP of Global Comms Brandon Borrman.

Borrman asks, regarding banning an article about Hunter Biden under Twitter’s ‘hacked materials’ policy: ‘Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?’ 

Baker responded, appearing to argue in favor of maintaining the ban, because ‘caution is warranted’.

In a new Twitter thread on Tuesday, Taibbi alleged that Baker had been fired after he was discovered ‘vetting’ the internal documents before their release, and delaying the release of a second tranche of files to Taibbi and another journalist, Bari Weiss.

Taibbi wrote that ‘new management,’ meaning Musk, was not aware of Baker’s role in reviewing the files before their release.  

Taibbi tweeted: ‘The process for producing the “Twitter Files” involved delivery to two journalists (Bari Weiss and me) via a lawyer close to new management. However, after the initial batch, things became complicated. 

Former FBI general counsel James A. Baker, who went on to work for Twitter, is seen in a file photo

‘Over the weekend, while we both dealt with obstacles to new searches, it was @bariweiss who discovered that the person in charge of releasing the files was someone named Jim. When she called to ask ‘Jim’s’ last name, the answer came back: ‘Jim Baker.’

”My jaw hit the floor,’ says Weiss.’

Taibbi continued: ‘Baker is a controversial figure. He has been something of a Zelig of FBI controversies dating back to 2016, from the Steele Dossier to the Alfa-Server mess. He resigned in 2018 after an investigation into leaks to the press. 

‘The news that Baker was reviewing the “Twitter files” surprised everyone involved, to say the least. 

‘New Twitter chief Elon Musk acted quickly to “exit” Baker Tuesday.’

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