[Foundation-l] Claims of anti-government bias

geni geniice at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 18:46:57 UTC 2007

On 8/24/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 24/08/07, Robert Brockway <robert at timetraveller.org> wrote:
> > Morning.  The Australian foreign minister, Mr Alexander Downer, has been
> > quoted as stating that Wikipedia is "anti-government".  He also seems to
> > be quite misinformed about how Wikipedia works.  Perhaps the Foundation
> > should contact Mr Downer's office to correct these misunderstandings.
> > Reference:
> > http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22300575-2,00.html
> Transcript:
> http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/transcripts/2007/070824_media_conference.html
> It's fairly clear he was floundering and didn't have a clue.
> (Springing stuff on Alexander Downer and watching him flounder brings
> to mind proverbs about fish, barrels and shooting.) It's not quite the
> ringing condemnation of the headline.

It looks like a not very web savvy person answering the questions
fairly legitimately if slightly overplaying some of what goes on
behind the scenes.

A few errors but nothing serious. Wikipedians tent to react badly to
almost any authority which could well qualify as "a bit


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